The King and I

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About The King and I

The King and I was the fifth musical written by the powerful duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, the musical’s plot follows schoolteacher Anna Leonowens’s travels to Siam to tutor King Mongkut’s many children.

Set in the 1860s, the musical revolves around Anna teaching the King’s wives and many children about the ways of the modern world. She finds herself convincing the King to come to terms with the modern world, as he finds it hard to resist the ancient customs. Attractive and bold Anna wins the King’s heart and respect. They grow to love, in some degree, and learn from each other.

After opening on March 29, 1951, the musical ran, for 1,246 performances, until March 20, 1954. Two days later it began its national tour. This classical musical has been revived around the world onstage and in film. Most notable was the 1976 national tour and Broadway revival, in which Brynner reprised his role as King... read more about The King and I

The King and I Facts

Won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress (Gertrude Lawrence) and Best Featured Actor (Yul Brynner) in 1952.

Yul Brynner won an Academy Award for his role in the 1956 film version. The film won seven other Academy Awards that same year.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical based on a true story.

Rodgers and Hammerstein initially disliked the book as a basis for a musical, but the 1946 film changed their view.

Gertrude Lawrence danced a total of 4 miles while wearing dresses weighing 75 pounds.

Larry Shue originally portrayed Rev. Crisparkle. After Shue's death, Holmes renamed the Music Hall Royale performer's name to Cedric Moncrieffe, out of respect for Shue.

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