March 23, 2015
It’s good to be king. You get a fancy hat, and sometimes, a scepter with dazzling jewels. There’s servants to deal with housework for you, so you don’t have to do your own laundry. You’ve got an instant appeal with attractive potential dates. (Or your royal rank does, anyway, but we’re trying to be optimistic here.) And best of all, you get to be on Broadway! At least, if you’re the King of Siam, and your musical has gotten a revival. Beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein’s show “The King and I” has returned to the stage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th Street at Lincoln Center), starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe!
Getting to Know You – Again
Since 1951, “The King and I” has been one of the most beloved musicals to grace the stage. It tells a story that, despite modern times, remains very relevant to the modern era. A ruler struggling to balance tradition with the progression of his culture. A foreigner straining to understand the ways of a very alien land. We see these themes every day, though not with so much gold silk.
Anna Leonowens, a widowed English teacher, has been invited to Siam (which is now Thailand) to teach the King’s children. This is more challenging than she expected. The customs seem strange and antiquated to her, and the king seems cold and imposing. Yet a bond develops between them as she teaches him how to navigate a changing, modernizing world.
An Amazing Cast
Ken Watanabe has starred in many popular films. He played Saito in “Inception”, and General Kuribayashi in “Letters from Iwo Jima”. Kelli O’Hara has been nominated for Tony awards five times. She’s played Nellie Forbush in the other Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “South Pacific”.
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