Already closed | 2h 55m | Upper W Side

The King and I (Broadway)

From 2,244 member  reviews
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
Avg Score

Enchanting, Delightful, Romantic

See it if you have any affinity for Rodgers and Hammerstein at all.

Don't see it if golden age just isn't your lane.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if I liked the show, but liked other actors better that I had seen before.

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

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like the music of Rogers and Hammerstein sung beautifully with incredible staging, choreography, costumes, and adorable young actors

Don't see it if you don't like Rogers and Hammerstein music (hard to believe), or a lengthy ballet scene isn't of interest

Great staging, Epic, Beautiful, Funny, Enchanting

See it if you love classic Broadway! LCT's production is grand in every sense of the word including the nearly feminist interpretation of the story.

Don't see it if R & H isn't your thing. This an old school musical, and even with great performances if that's not for you, this show won't do it for you.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You like Rogers and Hammerstein and traditional Bway musicals. Let it carry you away. It had an overture, which is missing in newer shows.

Don't see it if You like edgy modern shows.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want one of the best ever musicals, in a stunningly beautiful production with a great cast

Don't see it if you hate everything that's good in this world.

Beautiful, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Great singing

See it if like Rogers and Hammerstein, beautifully staged production, parts take your breath away

Don't see it if aren't into golden age of broadway

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love the music, Kellie O'Hara and a faithful but fun production of a classic. Special staging with the huge ship made it even better.

Don't see it if You don't want to leave humming those tunes again

Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love musicals; this is one of the finest ever written. the performances are stellar.

Don't see it if you dont like musicals at all.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You love incredible staging and a gorgeous portrayal of history, a clash of cultures. This is a quintessentially Broadway show.

Don't see it if If you don't like classical, Broadway musicals.

Dated, Lovely, Charming, Faithful, Family-friendly

See it if You love Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, lovingly revived with the lushest of scores, sets and costumes

Don't see it if You don't watch plays or movies written before, oh, 1995 - this will feel very dated

Exquisite, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Great acting

See it if You respond to classic musicals

Don't see it if You have a short attention span.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Romantic, Must see

See it if you like the classics. Kelli O'hara brings an amazing chemistry to the role with every king as well as the children.

Don't see it if you aren't a Rodgers and Hammerstein fan.

Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece

Don't see it if You don't appreciate sentimentality

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you like musicals. This is the best of its genre, with Kelli O'Hara at the peak of her amazing talent, and fabulous chemistry with Hoon Lee.

Don't see it if I can't recommend it if Kelli O'Hara is not in it, since I haven't seen her replacement.

Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a masterpiece of entertainment

Don't see it if Your too lazy to go to Lincoln center

Opulent and grand

See it if You are into classic Broadway musical perfection. Amazing score- ✅ Talented cast -✅ Grand sets - ✅ Epic costuming -✅ ... Go see it!

Don't see it if You have a limited attention span.. It's 3 hours long.

Delightful, Enchanting, Dated, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you love Kelly O and want to see her shine in a classic

Don't see it if you don't like dated old shows.

Thought-provoking, Exquisite, Lovely

See it if You love beautiful costumes, appreciate some subtlety, and enjoy this classic.

Don't see it if You want over-the-top musical numbers.

Romantic, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of R & H, enjoy elaborate staging and beautiful costumes

Don't see it if You aren't a R & H fan

Romantic, Refreshing, Must see, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Family oriented and beautiful score

Don't see it if See it!!!

Delightful, Enchanting, Ambitious, Profound, Great staging

See it if you love this classic and want to see the revival. You want to see the one and only Kelly O'Hara.

Don't see it if you didn't like the film.

Also It was in the Lincoln Center, it reminded be being in an opera, with a... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Beautiful

See it if you like classic musicals. If you want to see a brilliant performance by Kelli O'Hara. If you love lush orchestration & stunning songs.

Don't see it if you have no soul? LOL. It's ideal for everyone and full of songs you probably know and love - or SHOULD know and love.

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...
read more
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."
read more
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...
read more
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...
read more

Related content