Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Little Bit of Broadway

The King and I
1956 film version

Once upon a time a widow from Wales sailed with her young son to become the teacher of English to the children of the King of Siam. She wrote a book about her experiences, called Anna and the King of Siam. Broadway star Gertrude Lawrence read the book and knew it would be a wonderful Broadway show and a great role for her. She took it to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and they created a show that has entranced generations. From Getting to Know You to Whistle a Happy Tune to Hello, Young Lovers -- we all know these tunes. And it introduced the world to the ultimate King of Siam – Yul Brynner.

Deborah Kerr - Anna Leonowens (sung by Marni Nixon)
Yul Brynner - King Mongkut Of Siam
Rita Moreno - Tuptim (sung by Leona Gordon)
Terry Saunders - Lady Thiang
Martin Benson - Kralahome
Rex Thompson - Louis Leonowens
Patrick Adiarte - Prince Chulalongkorn
Alan Mowbray - Sir John Hay
Geoffrey Toone -Sir Edward Ramsay
Carlos Rivas - Lun Tha (sung by Reuben Fuentes)

Directed by Walter Lang
Produced by Charles Brackett
Written by Ernest Lehman
Margaret Landon (novel)
Oscar Hammerstein II (play)
Music by Richard Rodgers

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