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The King and I, Starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, Opens on Broadway

Bartlett Sher directs a cast of 51 in this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara lead the cast of the new Broadway revival of The King and I at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
(© David Gordon)

Lincoln Center Theater's new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, celebrated its opening night on April 16 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The musical began previews on March 12.

The 51-member company is led by five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam. The cast also includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Ashley Park as Tuptim, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha, Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkorn, Murphy Guyer as Captain Orton, Jake Lucas as Louis, Paul Nakauchi as Kralahome, Marc Oka as Phra Alack, and Betsy Morgan (standby for Kelli O'Hara).

The ensemble is made up of Aaron J. Albano, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Billy Bustamante, LaMae Caparas, Hsin-Ping Chang, Andrew Cheng, Lynn Masako Cheng, Olivia Chun, Ali Ewoldt, Ethan Halford Holder, Cole Horibe, MaryAnn Hu, James Ignacio, Christie Kim, Kelvin Moon Loh, Sumie Maeda, Paul HeeSang Miller, Rommel Pierre O'Choa, Kristen Faith Oei, Autumn Ogawa, Yuki Ozeki, Stephanie Jae Park, Diane Phelan, Sam Poon, William Poon, Brian Rivera, Bennyroyce Royon, Lainie Sakakura, Ann Sanders, Ian Saraceni, Atsuhisa Shinomiya, Michiko Takemasa, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Rocco Wu, and Timothy Yang.

Guests at the opening night festivities included Tony winners Neil Patrick Harris and Cherry Jones, Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, and Broadway vets Chris Sullivan and Jose Llana.

Check out TheaterMania's photos from the opening-night festivities in the gallery below.


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