Resorts World Manila (RWM) will stage the Rodgers and Hammerstein timeless masterpiece “The King and I” in the celebrated stage of its Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) in September.
“The King and I” is the fifth masterpiece of the celebrated tandem of Rodgers and Hammerstein. The story revolves around a widowed English school teacher who travels to Siam to serve as tutor to the many children of the King. Anna’s task of introducing the kingdom to the modern world brings about disputes with the King whom he learned to respect and love over time. Considered as one of the most beloved classics in theater, “The King and I” has garnered world-wide acclaim, including 5 Tony Awards for its original 1951 Broadway run, and 5 Academy Awards for its 1966 film adaptation. It is a story as beautifully intricate and multi-faceted as the culture it portrays, brought to life with timeless songs and melodies.
The musical is best known for the performance of actor Yul Brynner as the King, who went on to win an Oscar for the well-loved movie version. “The King and I” was revived on Broadway in 1996 with Fil-American actor Lou Diamond Phillips as the King. Lea Salonga was also part of a special recording of the musical released in 1992 with musical theater icon Julie Andrews.
“The King and I” is the third major stage offering of Resorts World Manila after bringing the magical extravaganza “Kaos” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Sound of Music.”