'The King and I' will return to the stage in New York

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New Yorkers will soon have the chance to get to know the King all over again.

The King and I will be coming to Lincoln Center Theater next spring. This production will star Kelli O’Hara (a Tony nominee this year for The Bridges of Madison County) as Anna Leonowens and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) as the King of Siam.

The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical follows the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher brought in to tutor Siam’s wives and children. The show features well-known songs such as “Getting to Know You” and “I Have Dreamed.”

The original Broadway production premiered in 1951 and won the Tony for Best Musical. In addition to many revivals over the years, the musical is also the basis for the award-winning 1956 film. Let’s all agree to forget the 1999 animated version, okay?

The Lincoln Center production will officially open April 16, 2015.

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