1951 Original Broadway Production

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1951 Original Broadway Production


Decca records recorded the Original Broadway Cast album of The King and I in New York City on April 16 and 17, 1951; the album was released on May 28. The same year, a “cover” studio album featuring Patrice Munsel and Robert Merrill was released, along with Frank Sinatra’s versions of “Hello, Young Lovers,” “We Kiss in a Shadow” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” The cast album featured Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner, with the children’s parts sung by adult cast members. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in the year 2000.