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The King and I (Broadway)

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Members say: Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

About the show

This glorious Lincoln Center Theater mounting of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. More…

This classic tale of a British schoolteacher's unexpected relationship with the imperious King of Siam features a cast of more than 50, choreography based on the original by Jerome Robbins, and a score of treasured songs including "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Shall We Dance?" in their original orchestrations.

Member Reviews (2244)


Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

Cliched, Dated, Slow, Exquisite, Conventional

See it if you like your musicals traditional (including being un-PC) & conventional. And if you want to hear Kelli O'Hara sing (beautifully, natch).

Don't see it if you want something more than fancy costumes and a sweeping, overly sentimental score. (Opinion disclaimer: I just don't like this musical.)

Dull, Overrated, Epic, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if you don't want to miss the amazing performances of Ruthie Ann Miles and Ashley Park.

Don't see it if you have a contemporary sensibility.

Insipid, Slow, Dated, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You're satisfied with just a bit of spectacle and some really good singing. Very little humor. Not much dancing. Crap story.

Don't see it if You expect a Broadway musical to be uplifting or at least highly entertaining. First act was long and pretty dull. Second act a bit better.

Entertaining, Great staging, Slow, Dated, Opulent

See it if a well-mounted and visually stunning production with a strong central performance by Kelli O'Hara.

Don't see it if you want a more contemporary musical. This is a classic musical that has some strong moments but also drags in other parts.

Slow, Overrated, Dated

See it if you hate original, fresh ideas.

Don't see it if all of the horrible racial stuff in here bothers you.

Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like Kelli OHara and don't mind if the rest of the show lacks energy.

Don't see it if You find it hard to get into a sexist fantasy where one of the major plot lines involves sex trafficking. Hasnt aged well.

Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if Don't mind not understanding a word the king says.Want to see an overated Bartlett Sher revival.. the man who murdered Fiddler on the Roof

Don't see it if you like good revivals

Enchanting, Entertaining, Graceful, Classic, Cute

See it if You like classics, or like Kelli Ohara.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary material

Disappointing, Great staging, So-so

See it if you are a fan of Kelli O'Hara

Don't see it if with Ken Wantanabe

Dated, Too close to original, Exquisite, Lovely, Breathtaking

See it if You want a realistic ending.

Don't see it if You want your heart to be crushed.

Dated, Enchanting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You enjoy the theater classics. This production was well staged but the show itself slow moving and dated.

Don't see it if You prefer fully developed plots.

Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy, Enchanting

See it if you like classic musicals that are dainty, gorgeous, and vapid. This is about as well executed as that type of show can be.

Don't see it if you want to see something gripping, political, timely, or visceral.

Ambitious, Dated, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you love the show and want to see a large and ambitious production of it.

Don't see it if you expect to be actively engaged by the production, it is more like viewing a piece of history.

Dated, Enchanting, Overrated

See it if you like traditional muscials and love costumes! Also if you like seeing kids in theater. Super cute.

Don't see it if considering the climate of our country now, I found it misogynistic and offensive. It was hard to watch the king be king and be OK w/it.

Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like musical, whether good or bad

Don't see it if You expect it to be as good as the original. Nowhere close to Yul Brynner.

Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Slow, Great singing

See it if you are in love with the music and song of Rogers and Hammerstein.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical revival that is half as good as the revival of South Pacific in the same theater a few seasons back.

Disappointing, Beautiful costumes, Great staging, Dated, Slow

See it if you're a lover of the classics, and would enjoy a near by-the-book adaptation that includes stunning costumes and larger-than-life staging.

Don't see it if you're expecting a lively, yet faithful, production. The pacing was slow, and the performance from Ms. O'Hara was good, but not Tony-worthy.

Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Slow, Great acting

See it if You like the original shows or any of the actors in it.

Don't see it if You want something new exciting or edgy

Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic, Delightful

See it if You love the music and the story.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of the King and I or are from Thailand and upset with the staging of the kings story.

Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like the classic musicals.

Don't see it if You are looking for something original and engaging.

Banal, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Insipid

See it if You want to see the inside of the beautiful theater

Don't see it if It’s your first time to a musical. This will not inspire you to see another.

Banal, Dated, Slow

See it if you like old classics.

Don't see it if you are looking for a storyline or music that is timeless. I believe this show and its music is very dated.

Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in the history and the premise.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great writing

See it if you have never seen the show before. If you have, you will be disappointed. This is just a cut above a third rate touring company.

Don't see it if you saw it in any of its previous productions. The only thing good about this one are the sets.

Classic, Family-friendly, Uplifting, Intense, Sad

See it if You have a family

Don't see it if You do not have children

April 16th, 2015
"Tamper too much with the basic appeal of this show and it capsizes. Mr. Sher sheds a light that isn’t harsh or misty but clarifying. He understands very well what makes the show work, and he delivers it clean-scrubbed and naked, allowing us to see 'The King and I' plain. He understands very well...
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December 22nd, 2015
"While this production possessed many virtues when it debuted last spring, a lightly bantering current of sexual attraction was not among them. But what a difference a king makes...Something exciting is going on at the Vivian Beaumont, a richly reimagined classic had assumed even fuller dimensions."
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April 16th, 2015
"'The King and I' arrives like the ship that heaves into the Beaumont stage: a majestic vessel, bringing many wonderful things. Sher directs with palpable respect and a care to avoid orientalist humbug...You marvel at the sophistication of the theme: intercultural change and evolution. This 'King...
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April 16th, 2015
" An astonishing achievement..too beautiful to miss...It does expand the concept of a love story to include relationships that are impossible. In exploring them, Sher’s production is the frankest, and sexiest, I’ve ever seen. It is also the saddest. Our era allows him to show plainly what even it...
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