Broadway vet Elena Shaddow will take on the role of Anna Leonowens in the national tour of Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I beginning March 20. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is directed by Bartlett Sher.
Shaddow appeared in Sher's productions of The Light in the Piazza and The Bridges of Madison County. She joins Jose Llana, who will continue to tour in the role of the King of Siam.
The current company also includes Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Charlie Oh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens, and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton and Sir Edward Ramsey.
The ensemble includes Madeline Trumble, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Kristen Choi, Max B. Ehrlich, Marie Gutierrez, Rie Hatanaka, Marina Kondo, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Julius Sermonia, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway, Ryan Stout, Michiko Takemasa and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Paige Amistad, Jaden D. Amistad, Sydney Chan, Spencer Donovan Jones, Noah Toledo, C.J. Uy, and Keira Belle Young as the Royal Children.
Directed by Sher, The King and I features sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Scott Lehrer.
Inspired by Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam, The King and I features music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the story follows the relationship of British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam, who employs her as a tutor for his many wives and children.
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