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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

Delightful, Lush, Classic, Well acted, Geat songs

See it if you want to experience a handsome, polished revival of this outstanding musical.

Don't see it if you want something new and different. If so, go to Fun Home or Hamilton.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if big lavish production. Beautiful score and singing. Must see. Classic.

Don't see it if you don't like slow romantic plots.

Dated, Overrated, Romantic, Slow, Great staging

See it if You love classic musicals and Kelli O'hara.

Don't see it if you don't like Kelli O'hara or find classic shows boring.

Entertaining, Delightful, Exquisite, Epic, Romantic

See it if You like The King and I this is the best production I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You don't like a beautiful old style musical full of gorgeous costumes, dance and staging.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if saw 3 times over many years, the show doesn't disappoint. Great staging, directing and singing. Very moving at some parts. A big time musica

Don't see it if If you don't like a big production or Rogers and Hammerstein. It can be long at some points.

Great acting, Great staging, Dated

See it if you want to see a revival at its best.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate a classic.

Delightful, Enchanting

See it if Kelly O'hara can do know wrong. See it just to see her perform

Don't see it if you do not enjoy one of the all time best musicals

Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein and classic musicals from the 50's, you enjoy lush scores and great singing, lavish costumes,

Don't see it if Rodgers and Hammerstein turn you off, you hate musicals from the '50's, you're a curmudgeon

Riveting, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You love classic musicals, gorgeous singing & a beautiful score.

Don't see it if You don't like long shows.

Delightful, Epic, Great staging, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if you're into big, classic Broadway shows with familiar tunes and great staging.

Don't see it if you don't like historic, costume productions.

Disappointing, Dated, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You want to see the dramatic opening scene. You love this show. You enjoy seeing beautiful costumes.

Don't see it if The original King was very hard to understand. I hear he is coming back to the play. It's a very long show. First act is about 1 1/2 hours.

Also I realize I just don't like this play that much. The acting costumes a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Dizzying, Epic

See it if You want to be transported back to the Golden Age of Broadway.

Don't see it if You've seen King & I already and generally aren't a fan.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love classic musicals. This one is done beautifully. Everything just flows. The children are superb !

Don't see it if You are looking for something edgy or hilarious. It is neither of those. You don't enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein. It's not a short musical.

Glorious, stunning, gorgeous in all aspects!

See it if You love Rodgers and Hammerstein, classic musical theater, Kelly O'Hara, magnificent sets and costumes, thoughtful and elegant direction.

Don't see it if You don't like musical theater.

Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a classic musical beautifully staged.

Don't see it if you don't like children on stage.

Enchanting, Delightful, Romantic, Great staging

See it if you love the classic musicals, this one with sumptuous staging, gorgeous costumes, strong performances, memorable songs and adorable kids.

Don't see it if you can't handle a longish evening and a sad ending.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You like a good-old fashioned, splashy musical, with great performances.

Don't see it if You don't care for Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if love traditional Broadway musicals with gorgeous scores and lyrics.

Don't see it if a xenophobe

Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You want to see one of the all time great musicals in a sensational all respects.

Don't see it if You want to deprive yourself of a magical Theater experience.

Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Saw with kelli o'hara and hoon lee

See it if You want to experience what musicals were like originally: amazing sets, a full orchestra and a fabulous cast. A classic done right.

Don't see it if You just don't like musicals

Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging, Overrated, Slow

See it if You did not see the movie (which is better). It does have great Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.

Don't see it if You loved Hamilton, Once or even The Total Bent. It's old-school. Lovely music but old-school

Exquisite, Great staging, Superb cast, Indulgent, Riveting

See it if you love classic, gorgeously-staged musicals. See it for Kelli O'Hara and to see why this won the Tony for Best Revival. It's a masterpiece.

Don't see it if you don't like long shows or older, dated musicals.

A classic

See it if you want to hear a lovely score and see what musicals were like before all the sex and cursing and belting

Don't see it if you want uptodate modern hiphop stuff

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy well done classical musical theater

Don't see it if no reason not to

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Slightly old-fashioned

See it if you enjoy classic musicals, particularly of the Rodgers & Hammerstein variety. The King and I feels familiar in its charm and lusciousness.

Don't see it if needing edgier modern works, happy-endings, or something designed to make you think hard. This is a delightful, well-produced work to enjoy.

Also I saw the touring production with Laura Michelle Kelly in the lead rol... Read more Read less

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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