Marin Mazzie Will Return To Broadway In The King And I
“Getting To Know You” is exactly what Broadway plans to do with its next Anna in The King And I! With a Tony Award winner exiting an iconic performance in a very large role, Lincoln Center has looked to someone not only who can handle the reigns but also is interested in a return to the stage. While that return might seem casual as many actors and actress’ often work on and off, this return is totally different and very special now that it is confirmed for Broadway this season. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie will return to Broadway in Rodger & Hammerstein’s The King And I!
Lincoln Center has announced Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (Pictured Right) will depart The King And I this spring following a year-long run in the production in which she earned her a Tony Award for her performance. O’Hara will depart the show April 17th making her final performance the same date Ken Watanabe’s return to The King And I ends as well. Lincoln Center proudly announced Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie will return to Broadway and step into the role of Anna in The King And I beginning May 3rd, 2016. Mazzie will join the production just in time to star alongside Lost star Daniel Dae Kim making his Broadway debut as the King of Siam. Thanks to Paul Kolnik for the photo above!
Marin Mazzie (Pictured Left) returns to Broadway after being last seen in Bullets Over Broadway at the St. James Theatre in spring 2014. She has also appeared in Next to Normal, Spamalot, Man Of La Mancha and Into the Woods. Her appearances in Passion, Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate earned her three Tony Award nominations. Her return to the Broadway stage be the first time since the actress announced this past December she had battled ovarian cancer over the course of the last year. Mazzie and her husband, actor Jason Danieley, announced she is now in remission. Mazzie, in an interview with Playbill, mentioned she just recently had seen the production in December taking her mother to see the show and her good friend, Kelli O’Hara who she did not know was planning to depart.
Marin Mazzie also said the following when speaking directly to Playbill in an interview about joining the production;
“I am thrilled to be getting back onstage to tell this beautiful story. I am feeling strong, blessed and grateful. I am delighted to be working with Daniel Dae Kim and the entire company and an added bonus is I get to wear some exquisite clothes (which is something I always enjoy)!”
Thank you to Playbill for the quote used above!
The King And I won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival and was recently nominated for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. The production is directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (Pictured Left) with choreography by Tony Award Christopher Gattelli. Ted Sperling provides musical direction. 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. The creative team was reassembled by Sher following the team’s success with Lincoln Center’s Tony Award winning South Pacific revival in 2008.
Luner Lowdown: We all knew the time was approaching when Kelli O’Hara would depart The King And I. O’Hara has decided she will depart hand in hand with her original co-star Ken Watanabe who plays his final performance, during his return, April 17th as well. The decision to cast Mazzie in the role is a brilliant choice on the production’s behalf. Mazzie’s return not only adds excitement to the upcoming Kings of Siam switching throughout the season but also marks a personal triumph for the actress who return to the Broadway stage for the first time since battling cancer. Ironically, Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe (Pictured Right) recently delayed his return to The King And I after announcing himself he was battling cancer as well. He is now recovering in a hospital in Japan. I look forward to seeing what Mazzie brings to the role this spring when stepping into the show but more importantly, seeing the actress back on stage where she belongs following a turbulent year with her health.
Luner on Theatre is thrilled to welcome back Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie to Broadway this spring as she joins the Tony Award winning revival of The King And I at Lincoln Center! We can’t wait to see what she brings to this marvelous production when she steps into it this spring! Thank you to 54 Below for the photo used below! For more information, visit The King And I’s Official Website, Facebook orTwitter. (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!