The King and I Summary

  • The King and I is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 12, 2015
  • Opens April 16, 2015
  • Show Closed: June 26, 2016

First premiering on Broadway in 1951, The King and I is the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that takes place in Siam (Thailand) in the 1860s. It is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which is itself based on the memoirs of a British governess to the children of King of Siam, who then falls in love with the king and brings a modern sentiment to Siam.

The King and I on Broadway Background

This revival is produced by Lincoln Center Theater and goes up at their Broadway venue, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The clashing of two cultures where a modernized west seeks to leave their imprint on an ancient, less westernized civilization is a theme that still resonates today. The audience is transposed to 19th century Siam, thanks to the wizardry of set designer Michael Yeargan and costume designer Catherine Zuber. The play is choreographed by Christopher Gattelli but based on original choreography by Jerome Robbins. Anna Leonowens is played by Kelli O’Hara (The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work if You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game), and the King of Siam is played by Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai) making his Broadway debut. The show includes such memorable songs as “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” and “Something Wonderful.”

What’s The King and I Like?

Directed by Bartlett Sher (The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza), this Lincoln Center revival of The King and I is a spectacularly beautiful and emotionally engaging production. Furthermore, it re-teamed Sher with Kelli O’Hara, who have worked together on several occasions. Shortly after the show's opening in 2015, O'Hara won the Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical and Ruthie Ann Miles won the Tony Award for an actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, both for The King and I. The classic story of the quarrelsome relationship that turns to love between Anna and the King of Siam is told brilliantly in Oscar Hammerstein II’s book, with a magnificent score by Richard Rodgers.

Is The King and I Good for Kids?

The show may be inappropriate for children aged 8 and under; children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Vivian Beaumont Theatre

150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10020
Seats: 1,105
Entrance: 65th Street, between 10th and Broadway
Theatre Information

Vivian Beaumont Theatre Seating Chart

The King and I Marquee

The King and I Marquee

Cast Members

Anna
Marin Mazzie
King of Siam
Daniel Dae Kim
Lady Thiang
Ruthie Ann Miles
Tuptim
Ashley Park
Lun Tha
Conrad Ricamora

Producers

Lincoln Center Theater

Production Credits

Director
Bartlett Sher
Choreographer
Jerome Robbins
Musical Staging
Christopher Gattelli
Set Designer
Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer
Catherine Zuber
Sound Designer
Scott Lehrer
Lighting Designer
Donald Holder
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett
Musical Director
Ted Sperling
Book + Lyrics
Oscar Hammerstein II
Music
Richard Rogers
Production Stage Manager
Jennifer Rae Moore

Creative Team

General Manager:
Jessica Niebanck at Lincoln Center Theater
Company Manager:
Matthew Markoff at Lincoln Center Theater
Production Manager:
Jeff Hamlin at Lincoln Center Theater
Casting Director:
Telsey + Company
Advertising Representative:
SpotCo
Press Agent:
Philip Rinaldi Publicity + Amanda Kaus at Lincoln Center Theater