Lincoln Center Theater's new production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The King And I is most likely the best that show has ever looked and sounded on Broadway!
Only the second time it's been revived, this staging was masterfully done by director Bartlett Sher in a grand and truly epic fashion, befitting the equally grand score and story.
This production most definitely has the largest orchestra of any Broadway production! They had a dedicated harp player!!!
What a thrilling and rich way to hear this iconic music!
Kelli O'Hara absolutely shines as Anna, a role perfectly suited for her voice and persona. She is stern and sweet, warm and light. This is a performance that will finally get her that Tony Award - after being nominated six times!
And, after seeing all the women in her category, she truly deserves it!
Ken Watanabe left us unimpressed as the King, but we like to think it's just the way that part is written. It's hard to be charming in that role.
Ashley Park was a real standout as Tumptim!
And major kudos to Michael Yeargan for his impressive sets!
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