We Three Kings: The King And I Announces Next Kings Of Siam
Broadway is whistling a happy tune today as its latest Tony Award musical revival has announced quite a lineup of kings for its spring season on Broadway! Lincoln Center’s The King And I is not only tapping into its original choices but bringing in some star power for the season. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The King And I has announced the next three actors who will take on the role of King of Siam!
The Tony Award winning revival of Rodger and Hammerstein’s The King And I at Lincoln Center has announced the next three Kings of Siam audiences can expect to see over the next six months. Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe (Pictured Right) returns to the production, in the role marking his American stage debut, beginning March 1st for a limited engagement of seven weeks only. He will rule as king through April 17th, 2016. Jose Llana, who previously appeared The King And I in Fall 2015 following Watanabe, returns to throne appearing April 19th through May 1st, 2016.
Daniel Dae Kim (Pictured Left), best known for his appearance on television’s LOST, will make his Broadway debut and rise to the throne for a limited eight week engagement beginning May 3rd through June 26th. While the performance will mark Kim’s Broadway debut, Kim previously starred as the King in The King And I concert at Royal Albert Hall in London in 2009. The concert was critically acclaimed and Kim starred as the King opposite Maria Friedman’s Anna Leonowens. Kim is a South Korean-born American actor who has also appeared on television in Hawaii Five-0, Once Upon A Time, NCIS: Los Angeles and Angel to name just a few of his appearances. He has also appeared in several movies including Spider-Man 2, Ride Or Die, Hulk and most recently, Insurgent as a part of The Divergent Series.
Despite all the King of Siam changes coming up, Kelli O’Hara remains committed to the production through all of the upcoming switches. O’Hara won a 2015 Tony Award for her performance as Anna in The King And I.
The King And I is quickly approaching it’s one year anniversary on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre where the production opened April 16th, 2015. The musical revival is directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher with choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. Ted Sperling is musical director. The rest of the creative team includes Michael Yeargan as scenic designer, Catherine Zuber as costume designer, Donald Holder as lighting designer and Scott Lehrer as sound designer. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA.
Luner Lowdown: Lincoln Center’s The King And I has created quite some buzz today with the announcement of three kings slated to appear over the course of the next six months! The show will not only welcome back its original star, Ken Watanabe, but a familiar face and new star! I have no doubt all three kings will bring in even more audiences members to The King And I as well as bringing some back! We haven’t had a chance to see The King And I yet and plan to do so over the course of the next six months! Obviously, we’d love to Watanabe recreate his Tony Award nominated performance! The choice to place LOST star Daniel Dae Kim into the production is exciting not only for the fact that he will make his Broadway debut but also that Kim has played the role before on stage! Broadway audiences will be lucky enough to see Kim perform again in a role he took on in London. His name will also bring in new audience members and many LOST fans I’m sure.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on the Tony Award winning revival The King And I at Lincoln Center! As mentioned above, the show is heading towards its one year anniversary on Broadway! We are looking forward to more news as the show continues its successful run at Lincoln Center into the new year and season on Broadway! For more information, visit The King And I’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!