Matthew Murphy


The King and I

Daily from Feb. 28-March 2
7:30 p.m.
Daily from March 3-4
8 p.m.
March 4
2 p.m.
March 5
1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I features a well-intentioned monarch whose goal of modernizing his country is compromised by his own protective impulse to maintain the established social order. In opening the door to modern thinking by hiring a British schoolteacher, the ruler finds his will challenged by a foreigner. The tension between traditional ways and evolving mores resides at the center of this Tony Award-winning Broadway revival. Under the energetic direction of Bartlett Sher, the production retains the original’s signature elements (including memorable tunes such as “Getting to Know You” and “Something Wonderful”) while offering a revitalized spectacle. The striking set design by Michael Yeargan serves as a backdrop for the 30-plus member cast (led by the highly lauded duo of Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose llana), who are bedecked in the sumptuous costuming of Catherine Zuber and performing the mesmerizing choreography of Christopher Gattelli (based on the original movements of Jerome Robbins). Arriving during a period of social unease, The King and I offers a timely reminder that the merging of culturally diverse voices has been known to produce the most captivating of harmonies.