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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting
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Avg Score

92
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

84
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.

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90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if A wonderful, fresh take on this classic show with fantastic staging. Kelli O'Hara and Hoon Lee had palpable chemistry as Anna and the King

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

85
Enchanting, Great singing, Masterful, Grand, Must see

See it if you enjoy epic & historical shows. This production is grand & beautifully staged at the one & only Vivian Beaumont. Marin Mazzie is magical.

Don't see it if you're stuck on the movie version. It's refreshing LIVE. The dynamics of the various relationships, dealt with in song, are heart-breaking.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to experience a wonderful revival of an American classic.The production and cast are superb.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate great revivals,with a terrific score and outstanding performances.

100
Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love classic musical theater, well done in all regards.

Don't see it if Can't think of anyone who wouldn't like this production.

85
Enchanting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Epic, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fantastic new staging of a classic musical.

Don't see it if You already missed it.

93
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Great rogers and hammerstein score

See it if You are a fan of the great Bway muscials love outstanding singers, amazing costumes and staging. Visit the court of the king of Siam.

Don't see it if You want to see high tech staging, disco flash. NOT a jukebox musical, it is a character driven story of love and cultural striving.

75
Opulent, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you love classic musical theatre

Don't see it if you are looking for anything original

87
Absorbing, Exquisite, Delightful, Ambitious, Insipid

See it if you love kelli o'hara and classic show at Lincoln center!

Don't see it if 3 hours long

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Gorgeous, Absorbing

See it if Lovely production with terrific modern performances and costumes breathing fresh life into what had become an old and dated chestnut.

Don't see it if You think the film was definitive, or dislike old-form book musicals.

92
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to hear a classic score played, sung, and acted beautifully on a scale no one does anymore.

Don't see it if You simply are "bored" by old R&H shows.

91
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want a delightful revival of a lovely show.

Don't see it if It feels a tad dated.

95
Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a large-scale, period-piece musical with wonderful singing, dancing, costuming and adorable children.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy musicals, (I love Rogers and Hammerstein) or if you do not like long productions. This is 3 hours long but very moving.

74
Entertaining, Dated

See it if you like this show or the movie version, you like seeing award-winning shows.

Don't see it if you don't want to. It's certainly not a must-see.

84
Enchanting, Great staging, Romantic, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if You love musicals You are a fan of the amazing Rodgers & Hammerstein material

Don't see it if You are looking for edgy or contemporary fare

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Original, Great singing

See it if You like to be delighted all over again. Marin Mazzie is a whole different Anna--not better than Kelli O'Hara, just different.

Don't see it if You think you've seen it and won't see anything new. It's like a whole new revival!

91
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to have a smile on your face for the entire production

Don't see it if you don't like good theater

67
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.

75
Dated, Epic, Romantic, Slow, Great acting

See it if You have the patience for a three-hour epic that should really be a half-hour shorter, or just want to see some gorgeous costumes.

Don't see it if You're not ready for a loooong evening.

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if For the divine Marin Mazzie, who adds thrilling emotional scope (musically, dramatically) to an exquisite production of a great musical.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this production

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Love classic musical theatre with a wonderful score & performances.

Don't see it if old school musical theatre is not your cup of tea

98
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if Reviewing the final Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe performance = pure bliss

Don't see it if hate Rogers and Hammerstein

94
Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want to see a masterful revival staging of a classic with a first-rate cast. All of the Kings have been great so see any of them.

Don't see it if You're not going to taken by the amazing visuals and fantastic voices.

92
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if want to see a timeless classic. The production was masterfully done. Daniel Dae Kim is an amazing singer, not so much a singer. etc. etc etc

Don't see it if you don't like classic stories. If you can't sit for 3 hours. it's a long show, 1 1/2 hours before intermission.


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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