The first show in the 2017-18 Proctor & Gamble Broadway Series, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, comes to Walton Arts Center Tuesday, to Sunday, Oct. 3 to 8, for a limited eight show engagement.
Single tickets, on sale now, start at $36 and may be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Directed by Tony Award Winner Bartlett Sher, The King and I won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Sher is known for his work directing the Tony-winning production of South Pacific and Tony-nominated productions of Golden Boy, The Light in the Piazza and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features beloved classics such as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.”
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam, played by Jose Llana, and Anna Leonowens, played by Laura Michelle Kelly, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
“Jose was so superb on Broadway in The King and I that I begged him to join us on the tour, and l feel we are incredibly lucky to have him,” Sher said. “Laura Michelle has one of the best voices on Broadway matched with an extraordinary heart. Her work on Finding Neverland and Mary Poppins distinguished both of those shows with her natural grace and joy.”
For this production Sher reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza.
The King and I has sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder (all three nominated for 2015 Tony Awards); sound by Scott Lehrer (2015 Drama Desk Award nominee); and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA.
The King and I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
For additional information, persons interested may visit www.waltonartscenter.org.