[132], Another U.S. national tour began in mid-2004, directed by Baayork Lee (who appeared in the original production at age 5), with choreography by Susan Kikuchi, reproducing the Robbins original. He calls Anna's songs "well served" by Marni Nixon's singing in the 1956 film soundtrack and judges the recording as vocally satisfying;[173] Kenrick describes it as a "mixed bag": he is pleased that it includes several songs cut from the film, and he praises Nixon's vocals, but he dislikes the supporting cast and suggests watching the movie instead for its visual splendor. The production was directed by Bartlett Sher and starred Kelli O'Hara as Anna and Ken Watanabe, as the King, in his American stage debut. The choreography used for the film was the choreography developed by Jerome Robbins for the original stage production.[10].

Ma, Sheng-mei. The show therefore comes across as something of a charade ... with everyone pretending to be dealing with a fearsome potentate who, in fact, is displaying very little personality at all. Anna is charmed by the children, and formality breaks down after the ceremony as they crowd around her. [161] Margaret Landon was unhappy with this series and charged the producers with "inaccurate and mutilated portrayals" of her literary property; she unsuccessfully sued for copyright infringement. [30], The pair discussed having an Act 1 musical scene involving Anna and the King's wives.

[171], Kenrick prefers the 1964 Lincoln Center cast recording to the earlier ones, especially approving of the performances of Risë Stevens as Anna and Patricia Neway as Lady Thiang.

King Mongkut gives her freedom and gives his blessing to marry Chulalongkorn. Richard Watts in the New York Post termed it "[a]nother triumph for the masters". However, their secret is exposed by Master Little, but she and Chulalongkorn save the King from the Kralahome. He had played Lun Tha in the 1977 Broadway production and voiced the King in the 1999 animated film. Atkinson commented, "The King and I is a beautifully written musical drama on a high plane of human thinking.

[145], Marilyn Stasio, in Variety, termed the production "sumptuous" and "absolutely stunning". He turns to lash Tuptim, but under Anna's gaze is unable to swing the whip, and hurries away. [176], The balance of opinion among the critics of the original London production was generally favorable, with a few reservations. When he told this to Hammerstein and Rodgers, they asked what sort of performance they would get from him, and he responded, "It will be good enough, it will get the reviews."[49]. Holtzmann realized that Landon's book would provide an ideal vehicle and contacted Rodgers and Hammerstein, who were initially reluctant but agreed to write the musical.
[171] Kenrick praises the performance of both stars on the 1996 Broadway revival recording, calling Lou Diamond Phillips "that rarity, a King who can stand free of Brynner's shadow".

O'Hara and Watanabe reprised their roles, with Naoko Mori and Ruthie Ann Miles sharing the role of Lady Thiang, Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim, Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha and Takao Osawa as the Kralahome. "[34], Brynner termed Rodgers' account "very picturesque, but totally inaccurate". [117] For example, the stage was framed by columns of elephant figures, a large emerald Buddha loomed over Act I, and hundreds of elephant images were woven into the set. If King Mongkut finds out, she would be sent back to Burma in disgrace and most likely to be killed and whipped until her death. ... A man with a world-view, he seized the opportunity provided by [Landon's book] to underscore his thoughts on the common destiny of humanity. [39] Investors included Hammerstein, Rodgers, Logan, Martin, Billy Rose and Hayward. The show closed on January 5, 2002.

Tusker (usually) [170], The original cast recording of The King and I was released by Decca Records in 1951. Yuriko was the choreographic "reconstruction assistant". [66] Another replacement was Terry Saunders as Lady Thiang. Likes [35][36] In any case, Brynner's fierce, mercurial, dangerous, yet surprisingly sensitive King was an ideal foil for Lawrence's strong-willed, yet vulnerable Anna, and when the two finally came together in "Shall We Dance? [107] By 1983, Mary Beth Peil was playing Anna. Meanwhile, Lun Tha comes upon Tuptim, and they muse about having to hide their relationship ("We Kiss in a Shadow"). Alan Mowbray appeared in the new role of the British Ambassador, while Sir Edward Ramsey (demoted to the Ambassador's aide) was played by Geoffrey Toone. Anna tries to dissuade him, but he is determined that her influence shall not rule, and he takes the whip himself. Pride kept Hammerstein from asking.


Tuptim [109] Brynner died less than four months later, on October 10, 1985. Designer Source. [156] The film was directed by Walter Lang (who was also nominated for an Oscar) and choreographed by Robbins.

When Nangklao died in 1850, Mongkut became king. [8][9] The cinematography was by Leon Shamroy, the art direction by John DeCuir and Lyle R. Wheeler and the costume design by Irene Sharaff. The princes and princesses enter in procession ("March of the Royal Siamese Children").

King Mongkut's servant (formerly)Princess She first meets the King's son, Prince Chunglongkorn as they fall in love.

Nevertheless, the King is presented more sympathetically in the musical than in the novel or the 1946 film, as the musical omits the torture and burning at the stake of Lady Tuptim and her partner.

[52] Margaret Landon, author of the book on which the musical was based, was not invited to opening night. She does, and in that dance they experience and express a love for each other that they can never speak aloud. She began rather quietly on the note, "Your servant! [53], Brynner turned in an outstanding performance that night, nearly stealing the show. Except for using some of the songs and characters, the story is unrelated to the Rodgers and Hammerstein version. Anna stands her ground and insists on the letter of her contract, threatening to leave Siam, much to the dismay of wives and children.

The tour played in 30 cities, closing on December 17, 1955, at the Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia. Sandy Duncan again starred as Anna, while Martin Vidnovic played the King. [129] Lady Thiang was, again, played by Taewon Yi Kim, of whom The Observer wrote, "Her 'Something Wonderful' was just that. Then she gradually built the scene, slowly but powerfully, until, in a great crescendo, she ended prone on the floor, pounding in fury, and screaming, "Toads!

Anna sadly and horrifyingly, but shockingly gasps again. [28] His choreography for the parade of the King's children to meet their teacher ("March of the Royal Siamese Children") drew great acclaim. Tuptim is one of the main characters of the 1999 animated romantic musical film, The King and I. [170] Hyland calls "Hello, Young Lovers" an archetypical Rodgers ballad: simple, with only two chords in the first eight bars, but moving in its directness.

[83] Darian again played Lady Thiang.



She is befriended by Tusker, a baby elephant who loves and protects her from the villainous Kralahome and the bumbling henchman, Master Little. [131] The revival was generally well received. Jenna Ushkowitz made her Broadway debut as one of the children. Dislikes

"[175] Barely less enthusiastic was John Lardner in The New Yorker, who wrote, "Even those of us who find [the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals] a little too unremittingly wholesome are bound to take pleasure in the high spirits and technical skill that their authors, and producers, have put into them.

[102] It ran until September 27, 1980.[103].

It featured Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Paul Nakauchi as the Kralahome, Ashley Park as Tuptim, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha, Jake Lucas as Louis Leonowens, and Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsey. Roger Redfarn directed, and Sheila O'Neill choreographed.

The King says "Who, who, who?"

("...'til, The King stops Anna's interference ("Would be better if, "Your Majesty, don't throw away all you've done! [179], In 1963, New York Times reviewer Lewis Funke said of the musical, "Mr. Hammerstein put all of his big heart into the simple story of a British woman's adventures, heartaches, and triumphs. In conversation with the other wives, Anna learns that Tuptim is in love with the man, Lun Tha, who brought her to Siam.

[18], Pre-rehearsal preparations began in late 1950. ... [T]he show is both panoramic and personal, balancing dazzling musical set pieces with sung introspective soliloquies.

The first episode aired on September 17, 1972, and the last aired on December 31, 1972. [27] One such picture, of a Thai woman in western dress, inspired the song "Western People Funny", sung by the King's chief wife, Lady Thiang, while dressed in western garb.

Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. ": She took the center of the barren stage wearing, for practice, a dirty muslin hoop over her slacks, with an old jacket thrown over her shoulders for warmth. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by con… The two are introduced to the intimidating Kralahome, Siam's prime minister, who escorts them to the Royal Palace where they will live, although Anna had been promised her own house. [157][159] Thai officials judged the film offensive to their monarchy and banned both film and musical in 1956.

He judges it to be Brynner's best performance, calling Towers "great" and Martin Vidnovic, June Angela and the rest of the supporting cast "fabulous", though lamenting the omission of the ballet. "[136], Jeremy Sams directed, and Kikuchi choreographed, a limited engagement of the musical in June 2009 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Instead of Logan, the duo hired as director John van Druten, who had worked with Lawrence years earlier. [77] This company presented the musical again in May 1960 with Barbara Cook and Farley Granger, again directed by Fearnley, in another three-week engagement.