Apr 17, 2019
The King and I Preview
By Broadway Live INSIDER - Michael J. Miller
The 2018-2019 season of Broadway Live at the Opera House comes to a classic crescendo as it closes with the lavish Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I.
Having opened on Broadway 68 years ago at the St. James Theatre, the production coming to town April 26-28 is based on the multiple Tony Award winning 2015 revival the New York Times heralded as a “resplendent production” that sheds light on the vintage material by “clarifying and balancing epic sweep with intimate sensibility”.
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 who the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
Having celebrated an early Christmas with ELF THE MUSICAL, danced along with KINKY BOOTS, soared with FINDING NEVERLAND, and bitten the Bard with SOMETHING ROTTEN! it’s time to finish this diverse and pleasing season with “Something Wonderful”.
It has been an amazing lineup, indeed, and this might be the most critically acclaimed of the entire season. A taste:
“King and I’ reminds us why musicals exist” -Star Tribune
“The King and I’ is a royal delight.” -Providence Journal
“A landmark production and a shot of purest rapture.” -Wall Street Journal
“Too beautiful to miss!” -New York Magazine
So, what do you say?
Shall we dance?