The King and I

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The King and I

Decca Broadway presents the new Broadway Cast recording of Rodgers and Hammersteins beloved classic, The King and I.

Tony Award winner Kelli O Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific) and Tony and Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) star in the magnificent new Broadway production. The cast and production are winners of multiple awards!

2015 Tony Awards:
Best Revival of a Musical!
Kelli O'Hara, Best Leading Actress in a Musical!
Ruthie Ann

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  1. DEWEY M. "MOVIE & MUSICAL THEATRE MAN"
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “THE KING AND I”: REBORN IN AN EXTRAORDINARY 2015 PRODUCTION, June 9, 2015
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    DEWEY M. “MOVIE & MUSICAL THEATRE MAN” (ELLENSBURG, WA,) –
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    In 2008, Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” was nothing short of a theatrical revelation. Now, Sher, Lincoln Center, and leading lady Kelli O’Hara have teamed up again for a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s other masterpiece “The King And I.” From all the acclaim, awards, and this 2015 Cast CD, it seems that theatrical magic has happily happened again.
    I grew up with “The King And I”, and I adore it. I’ve heard quite a few cast recordings of the show. There’s Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner (1951), and Yul Brynner with Marni Nixon singing for Deborah Kerr in the 1956 film version. There is the interesting pairing of Rise Stevens and Darren McGavin on the 1964 Lincoln Center Cast recording, and Studio recordings with Barbara Cook and Theodore Bikel, and Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley. The only “King” recording that left me totally cold was Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips in the successful and critically well received 1995 Broadway revival. So, when it comes to Anna and various Kings, I’m very familiar.
    Even just listening to the CD, it is obvious that Sher’s 2015 production is extraordinary. This is not just another revival of a classic. This is “The King And I” Reborn! Sher is successful because he takes Rodgers And Hammerstein seriously. This recording gets right to the heart of the dramatically and musically potent story. Apparently, the original orchestrations are used here. The Overture has been altered here to include “Shall We Dance?” and, of course, fanatical purists have been harping on the Internet about this and that (I “can’t understand” Ken Watanabe, this has been changed, the tempo is too brisk here and there”, etc. etc. etc). Trust me, any flaws are so minor, they are insignificant. It is unnecessary and pointless to find flaws when there are so many deep artistic and dramatic treasures.
    I’ve only seen Kelli O’Hara perform on Youtube; on PBS, as Nellie Forbush in Sher’s “South Pacific” and Julie Jordon in “Carousel in Concert.” In case you need further proof that O’Hara was absolutely born to play Rodgers And Hammerstein heroines, here she is as Anna Leonowens. The role of Anna, the feminist, progressive, high-minded British governess who challenges the King Of Siam (Ken Watanabe) at every step, finally won O’Hara a long overdue Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical. O’Hara’s performance of “Hello, Young Lovers”, in particular, is an emotional revelation. Now, I would love to see and hear what wonders Kelli O’Hara would do with the role of Maria in “The Sound Of Music” (Please God, if a fourth Rodgers and Hammerstein role isn’t too much for her!).
    Ruthie Ann Miles also won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as the devoted Lady Thiang. Her stunning performance of “Something Wonderful” left me in tears.
    Ken Watanabe is, to my knowledge, the first Asian actor to ever play the King Of Siam. His performance is admirable. English is obviously a second language to Watanabe, as it also would have been to the real King Mongkut! The King is, of course, a very full acting role. Musically, he has three numbers and only one solo; the celebrated “A Puzzlement.”
    Perhaps Watanabe lacks the precise polish and power of Yul Brynner, who dominated the role for over 34 years. But I suspect Watanabe’s portrayal is much more poignant, human, and authentic.
    “The King And I” is far from a simple culture clash between East and West. “Clash” is too gentle a description. It is more of a battle between liberal and conservative. The King was raised to be a conservative ruler. Yet he wishes to bring the best in Western culture and ideas to Siam. Anna is a champion of liberal ideas and democracy. Naturally, their relationship crackles like no other in the Rodgers and Hammerstein cannon. Anna and The King battle over issues of independence and freedom. Which brings us directly to Tuptim (Ashley Park), who has been brought to the palace as a “present” to the King. Tuptim is in love with Lun Tha (Conrad Ricamora), a young man from Burma. You not only hear, but you feel, their desperation and heartbreak in Park and Ricamora’s duets of “We Kiss In A Shadow” and “I Have Dreamed.” There is a hint of anger in Park’s performance of “My Lord And Master”, Tuptim’s soliloquy, sung seconds after she arrives at the Palace and is separated from Lun Tha. Her anger is rather full-blown by the time we get to “The Small House Of Uncle Thomas Ballet” in Act II. This 2015 recording is the first to include the complete “Small House” Ballet. It is also heard in abbreviated form on the 1964 Lincoln Center Cast recording, but here it is heard, at last, complete, running at just a bit over 14 minutes long. The royal purple CD…

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  2. James f richards
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    2015 New Broadway Cast recording of THE KING AND I is a true masterpiece. It should be an American Institution, June 11, 2015
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    The King and I 2015 beautyNew Broadway cast recording is a feast for the true lover of musical theatre. Kelli O Hara is nothing short of fabulous, her voice is a treasure. the entire cast is wonderful. The voices are so magnificent, but, its the 60 plus piece orchestra that gives this new recording its be.auty. I have been listening to this new recording over and over again since it arrived this very day. I recommend this recording for any true lover of musical theatre. Rodgers and Hammerstein can still excite us and leave us breathless. Richard Rodgers music is a true American classic, the lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein are just as wonderful as the first time we heard them. My heart soared as I listened to SHALL WE DANCE.

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  3. Theatre Chick
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Could be better, June 17, 2015
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    Kelli O’hara is phenomenal, as always, but the rest of the cast is disappointing on this recording. I may change my mind after I see the production next month, but I doubt that acting prowess will make up for the poor vocal ability recorded here. It’s still worth the buy for Kelli O’hara, though!

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