The King and I is the fifth musical by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on Margaret Landon's novel, Anna and the King of Siam (1944), which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governessto the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. The musical's plot relates the experiences of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King's drive to modernize his country. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the piece, as well as by a love to which neither can admit. The musical premiered on March 29, 1951, at Broadway's St. James Theatre. It ran for nearly three years, making it the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history at the time, and has had many tours and revivals.
The musical was an immediate hit, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress (for Lawrence) and Best Featured Actor (for Brynner). Lawrence died unexpectedly of cancer a year and a half after the opening, and the role of Anna was played by several actresses during the remainder of the Broadway run of 1,246 performances. A hit London run and U.S. national tour followed, together with a 1956 film for which Brynner won an Academy Award, and the musical was recorded several times. In later revivals, Brynner came to dominate his role and the musical, starring in a four-year national tour culminating in a 1985 Broadway run shortly before his death.
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Artistic Director: Burton Harold Wolfe
Co - Producer: Lawrence Wong
Music Director: Winkie Ballas Jamail
Assistant Director: Cari Roundy
Asst. Music Director: Julie Prince
Thanks to J & H Dance School, Instructor: Fu Jing and many of the J& H students for their participation.
Lindsey Steel (as Anna Leonowens)
Loren Roundy (as King of Siam)
Cari Roundy (as Lady Thiang)
Ashley Mattingly (as Tuptim)
Han Wong (as Lun Tha)
Tristan Holloway (as Prince Chulalongkorn)
Andres Cosme (as The Kralahome)
Joshua Roundy (as Sir Edward Ramsay)
Jared Roundy (as Captain Orton)
Insiya Daruwalla, Stephanie Law (as other wives)
Ripley Gregg (as Princess Ying Yaowalak)
Sofia Esteban (as Siamese Children)
Cast members also include:
Alexis Fauklkner, Jordan Faulkner, Elizabeth Daivs, Daniel Davis & Aurelia Holloway