The King and I Tickets
The King and I is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, with a
script based on the book Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. The plot comes
from the autobiographical story of Anna Leonowens, who became school teacher to the
children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s.
Various revivals of the vibrant musical have taken place over the years since The King and I first opened on Broadway in 1951. The story tells of the unconventional relationship between the King of Siam (modern day Thailand) and Anna Leonowens, the British tutor he hires to teach his children English and the ways of the western world.
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The King and I opened on Broadway March 29, 1951 and starred Gertrude Lawrence as Anna, and a then mostly unknown Yul Brynner as the King. The production was directed by John Van Druten and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. It ran for 1246 performances and won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress, Best Featured Actor, Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design. Brynner reprised the role twice on Broadway in 1977 and 1985 and played it over 4,000 times in the course of his life. He often stated he was far too young for the part when he originated it and felt more comfortable as the King in later years.
Another Broadway revival opened on April 11, 1996 starring Lou Diamond Phillips as King Mongkut in his Broadway debut and Donna Murphy as Anna Leonowens. The secondary parts were cast as follows: Lun Tha was played by Jose Llana, Tuptim by Joohee Choi, and Lady Thiang by Taewon Kim. The production ran for 780 performances and closed February 22, 1998. The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won four, including the awards for Best Musical (Revival) and Best Actress in a Musical.
The King and I also had a long-standing production in London and has been adapted into various films throughout the years. It is still a favourite revival for theatre-goers around the world.