The King and I's Bartlett Sher and Christopher Gattelli Set for Lincoln Center Talk
Lincoln Center Theater’s Platform Series will continue its 17th season on April 9 with a conversation between Bartlett Sher and Christopher Gattelli, director and choreographer of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, currently in previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The production has an official opening set for April 16.
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. After premiering on Broadway in 1951 with a cast led by Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner, it was last seen in a 1996 revival that starred Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe lead the 51-member cast of the classic musical as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam. They are joined by Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang), Ashley Park (Tuptim), Conrad Ricamora (Lun Tha), Edward Baker-Duly (Sir Edward Ramsey), Jon Viktor Corpuz (Prince Chulalongkorn), Murphy Guyer (Captain Orton), Jake Lucas (Louis), Paul Nakauchi (Kralahome), and Marc Oka (Phra Alack).
The Platform Series is a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and interested theatergoers. The events take place in the early evening in the lobby of the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Admission is free and open to all; however, seating in the lobby is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis only, beginning at a half hour before the talk.
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