2000 West End Revival
The Australian/Broadway production returned to the London stage at the London Palladium, the same theatre where Yul Brynner performed years before and the Lincoln Center Theater production would play several years later. This highly anticipated West End production, which opened on May 3, 2000, starred Elaine Paige as Anna and Jason Scott Lee as the King, with Taewon Yi Kim returning as Lady Thiang. “Shall we dance? Most certainly. The King and I waltzed back to the West End in triumph last night,” reported The Daily Mirror, while The Daily Express hailed it simply as an “unstoppable smash.” The UK return of The King and I reported an astounding £8 million in advanced ticket sales, and continued performances through January 5, 2002.
For the 2000 West End transfer of the 1996 Broadway production of The King and I, Elaine Paige and Jason Scott Lee led the cast under the musical direction of John Owen Edwards. This recording was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released under Warner Music UK Ltd. in 2000 to coincide with the opening of the West End production.