Set in the 1860’s in the exotic capital city of Bangkok, The King and I is the timeless love story between a powerful and stubborn king and a determined governess named Anna. The King and I, playing the Fox Theatre September 5 – 11, will star Victoria Mallory as Anna and Ronobir Lahiri as The King of Siam. The show features opulent settings, a beautiful story of honor and forgiveness, and is filled with memorable songs such as “Hello Young Lovers,” “I Whistle A Happy Tune,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Getting To Know You.” Based on the real life adventures of the English widow Anna Leonowens, and the best-selling 1944 novel, Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, The King and I is a fascinating tale about a clash of customs and finding love in spite of our differences.
Tickets range from $25 – $65 and are on sale now at http://www.foxatltix.com/ or by calling 855-ATL-TIXX (855-285-8499). The general public can purchase 50% off discount tickets for the Wednesday, September 5 performance by using the code “AJC” when ordering. Special group rates for 10 or more are available by calling 404-881-2000, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.foxtheatre.org/groupsales.aspx.
“Theater of the Stars is extremely delighted to produce a gorgeous production of The King and I that will feature incredibly talented actors and 28 local children from Atlanta” states Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars. “’Audiences of all ages will be enchanted by this magnificent Rodgers & Hammerstein musical when it plays a special one-week engagement at the fabulous Fox Theatre.”
The show is directed by Baayork Lee with choreography by Susan Kikuchi and Jerome Robbins. Baayork Lee made her professional stage debut in the original Broadway production of The King and I at age 5. Susan Kikuchi was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1978-1984 and has served as Director of both the Martha Graham Ensemble and the Martha Graham School. She has re-staged many Graham works often in collaboration with Yuriko for the Joffrey Ballet and Boston Conservatory. On the Broadway stage, Ms. Kikuchi was Supervisor of Jerome Robbins’ choreography (“The Small House of Uncle Thomas” ballet) and Dance Captain for The King and I at the Neil Simon Theater. She was also soloist and Dance Captain in The King and I with Yul Brynner. Other Broadway credits include Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song, South Pacific, and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.
The team of Richard Rodgers (composer) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist) was the most consistently fruitful and successful partnership in American musical theatre. In addition to The King and I, their musicals include Oklahoma!, Carousel, Allegro, Flower Drum Song, South Pacific, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, and The Sound of Music. The original 1951 production of The King and I received five Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 1956 movie adaptation won five Academy Awards.
The King and I will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre September 5 – 11. Performances are as follows: Wednesday, September 5 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m.; Friday, September 7 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, September 9 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 11 at 8 p.m.