Mar 27, 2019
Broadway Live Presents The King And I
Coming to the Lexington Opera House April 26 - 28
LEXINGTON, KY (March 27, 2019) -- NETworks Presentations LLC announces that the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, based on the 2015 Tony Award ®–winning Lincoln Center Theater Production, Co-presented by Broadway Live, J. Smith Lanier and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, THE KING AND I will make its Lexington premiere in at the Lexington Opera House for five performances: April 26th at 8pm; April 27th at 2pm and 8pm and April 28th at 1pm and 6:30pm. To purchase tickets, visit www.lexingtonoperahouse.com, call (859) 233-3535 or visit the Lexington Center Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices start at $30.
The April 26th evening performance of THE KING AND I will be the Broadway Buddies show of the 2018-19 season. Now in its eighth year, Broadway Buddies is a program designed to expose young audiences, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to experience the art and magic of professional live theatre.
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
In the words of Bartlett Sher, director of the 2015 Broadway production and the first national tour, “Great classics come back to us when we need them the most. In order to live up to the scale of its ambition, we have to go both backward and forward in time. It’s like having one foot in the past as deeply as we can, one foot in the present, and our eyes looking out as far ahead as we can to see how it resonates.”
Tony Award®–winning director Bartlett Sher was reunited for The King and I with the award-winning creative team from the Lincoln Center Theater productions of South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. The creative team for this new tour includes direction by Shelley Butler, based on Sher’s original direction, featuring sets by Michael Yeargan (Tony Award® winner for South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza), costumes by Catherine Zuber (seven-time Tony Award® winner, including The King and I), lights by Donald Holder (Tony Award® winner for South Pacific and The Lion King), sound by Scott Lehrer (Tony Award® winner for South Pacific), musical supervision by Ted Sperling and casting by Jason Styres, CSA. Choreography by Tony Award® winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) has been recreated for this tour by Associate Choreographer Greg Zane, based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins. The production features the musical’s original 1951 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennet with dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.
Tour director Shelley Butler says, “Now feels like the perfect time to bring forward this powerful story with its depiction of clashing cultures and its journey toward understanding. It is a great pleasure to helm the tour with a dynamic cast of 33 actors, including an array of international company members. It is an honor and a privilege to continue the vision of Bartlett Sher and the brilliant Lincoln Center Theater creative team.”
For more information, including the 2018–2019 touring schedule, please visit:
“I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.”
The Wall Street Journal
“Five stars. Grand and glorious.”
Time Out New York