1996 Broadway Revival

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The Australian production was brought to Broadway by the Dodgers, landing at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 11, 1996 starring Donna Murphy, who won a Tony for her portrayal as Anna, and Lou Diamond Phillips as the King. Jose Llana played Lun Tha and Taewon Yi Kim played Lady Thiang. This production swept awards season, championing Best Revival at … Read More

1991 Australia Revival

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In an innovative reconsideration of the original, British director Christopher Renshaw premiered a landmark production of The King and I at the Adelaide Festival Theatre in South Australia on June 11, 1991. This $5.5 million production, featuring Hayley Mills as Anna and Tony Marinyo as the King, toured throughout Australia. Renshaw and designer Brian Thomson took a research trip to … Read More

1985 Broadway Revival

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Crossing the Atlantic after a successful run in London, Yul Brynner continued to play the King in a tour across the US. At a party thrown in Los Angeles by the Rodgers and Hammerstein families on September 13, 1983, Brynner celebrated his 4,000th performance as the King. As a farewell, he brought the production back to Broadway, with Mary Beth … Read More

1979 West End Revival

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The second West End revival of The King and I was staged at the illustrious London Palladium. Yul Brynner returned once again as the King of Siam, this time opposite Virginia McKenna. The production would run 538 performances, opening June 12, 1979 and closing September 27, 1980.

1977 Broadway Revival

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Opening May 2, 1977, the first Broadway revival of The King and I featured Yul Brynner reviving his Tony and Academy Award-winning portrayal of the King. Director Yuriko, a member of the original Broadway company, replicated Jerome Robbins’ original choreography. Arriving on Broadway following a tour of the Northeast, the production played 719 performances at the Uris (now Gershwin) Theatre. … Read More

1973 West End Revival

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In the show’s first West End revival, The King and I opened on October 1, 1973 at the Adelphi Theatre, where it would play 260 performances through May 25, 1974. Under the direction of Roger Redfarn, this production featured British television star and persona Peter Wyngarde as the King, opposite star of international stage and screen Sally Ann Howes as … Read More

1956 Motion Picture

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On June 28, 1956 (Richard Rodgers’ 54th birthday), 20th Century Fox released Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I in movie theatres across the US. The acclaimed motion picture adaptation starred Deborah Kerr and Rita Moreno and featured a legendary, Academy Award-winning reprisal of Yul Brynner’s turn as the King. Also returning for the film version were original choreographer Jerome … Read More

1953 West End Premiere

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The King and I made its West End premiere on October 8, 1953 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where it went on to run 926 performances, through January 14, 1956. This production starred Valerie Hobson as Anna Leonowens and Herbert Lom as The King. Harold Hobson of the London Sunday Times reported on this momentous opening: “The enthusiasm of … Read More

1951 Original Broadway Production

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Anticipation was high for the opening night of The King and I at Broadway’s St. James Theatre on March 29, 1951. The creative team had a challenge: how to follow South Pacific, the show that was a monster hit, winning award after award and catching the zeitgeist of post-Word War II America? The idea came from Gertrude Lawrence, who saw … Read More

2013 NBC Live!

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The notion of broadcasting a live performance of a musical on network television hadn’t been considered in decades. But NBC, under Robert Greenblatt, took the plunge with this highly anticipated television event of the season. The Sound of Music LIVE! was broadcast across America on December 5, 2013 into the homes of over 18 million viewers. Lead by country music star … Read More