Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lincoln Center Looking to Revive "The King and I"

In yet another example of recycling revivals much too quickly, Lincoln Center is looking at the idea of reviving The King and I, the famous musical with an even more famous score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II. Lincoln Center is also looking to hire an actress with whom they have a long history to play the leading role.  Kelli O'Hara has received three Tony nominations, one for the Roundabout's production of The Pajama Game and two for previous Lincoln Center Theater productions -- The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific.  O'Hara is currently starring in the Broadway production of Nice Work if You Can Get It, a pastiche musical based around the songs of the Gershwin brothers.

To quote the summary on, "The King and I tells the story of Anna (O’Hara), an American governess, who tries to help an Eastern king come to terms with the modern world. The show first opened on Broadway on March 21, 1951 and earned five Tony Awards including Best Musical, as well as acting trophies for stars Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner. The musical has received three Broadway revivals, most recently in 1996 with a production starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. "

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