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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
Avg Score

A great musical being given a sumptuous, emotional and musically thrilling production.

See it if you love Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, appreciate the beauty and truth of Bartlett Sher 's finest productions and super casting.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate great musical theater.

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love Rogers and Hammerstein and love the Lincoln Center experience with their wonderful stage.

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

Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Epic

See it if You love Bart Sher's direction and to be mesmerized by Kelli O'Hara and Ruthie Ann Milea

Don't see it if You're a self-absorbed feminist

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if love a classic story with a sumptuous set. well done classic

Don't see it if you don't enjoy classic musicals. the story is not new but still wonderful to watch

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like Rodgers & Hammerstein's works, or musicals in general

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

Great staging, Enchanting, Romantic, Dated, Lavish

See it if you want to a see an exquisite grade-A production of a Broadway classic. This was never my favorite R&H show but the staging was gorgeous.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show that's more hip & contemporary. The King & I is kind of dated & not ripe for modernization.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Romantic

See it if you like the classic story of the King & I, looking for a theater with no bad seats, & beautiful score sung by Kelli O'Hara.

Don't see it if you don't like watching shows about colonialism & imperialism.

Enchanting, Great acting, Romantic

See it if I really enjoyed the 1st act, Kelli O'hara ALONE is worth the price of a seat. Her voice & look are both perfect for the role. 2nd act weak?

Don't see it if The show is very chauvinistic (of course) with a dictatorial King in charge of his country & household (a small army). A bit old-fashioned.

Classic, Exquisite, Intelligent, Epic, Uninspiring

See it if you want to be swept away by rapturous music, tastefully epic design on a huge stage, & serious themes, played mostly with subtlety & force.

Don't see it if all that good taste makes you want to toss water balloons & the 1 exception, Ken Watanabe's juvenile take on the King, will just feel wrong.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Epic

See it if You want to see a nice production of a classic. The sets and costumes are lovely. The cast is also quite good.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a long production.

Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if LCT delivers and Bart Sher stages K&I with great humanity. Loved Ken Watanabe, Kelli O'Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles. Great revival.

Don't see it if You are racist and don't like Asians.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic, Exquisite

See it if you love a well-done classic.

Don't see it if you don't like adorable kids onstage.

Absorbing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the music and want to see a 'classic' musical.

Don't see it if Racial or cultural insensitivity makes you uncomfortable. The show was very much a product of its era and you may need to keep that in mind.

Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You prefer your musicals with a major dose of spectacle - the staging of this revival is almost as epic as Kelli O'Hara's performance.

Don't see it if You can't get past the cringe-worthy stereotyping inherent in the story.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Must see, Delightful

See it if One of the classic American musicals

Don't see it if No spark missing passion

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic, Masterful

See it if you want to see a Musical Theatre classic.

Don't see it if you don't want to expand your mind or just want to see sexist or tacky things.

Beautiful music, Great staging, Slow, Romantic

See it if You love "The King and I" or if you are looking for a show for a great (albeit slow) Broadway musical date night at Lincoln Center.

Don't see it if You aren't generally fond of "The King and I" and are hoping that this production will change your opinion. It's solid if unspectacular.

Dated, Masterful, Slow

See it if You love classical musicals and want to see a gem revived. The story is a tad dated, but can be relatable to today. The score is wonderful.

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

Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if if you have never seen a Rodgers and Hammerstein show. This one is beautifully done

Don't see it if the white man's burden doesn't resonate with you and you think multiple children on stage are excessive

Disappointing, Ambitious, Dated, Great acting, Overrated

See it if if you can overlook its second rate staging and decors to hear great singing and dancing

Don't see it if you appreciate good costume design, and good staging, it is second rate.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if Kelli O'Hara!

Don't see it if It is long so be aware- just under three hours.

Entertaining, Great writing, Romantic, Dated, Great singing

See it if you love well-performed and staged traditional romantic musicals

Don't see it if you prefer something more hip or current

Clever, Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if you like light humor and great singing. Kelli O' Hara is amazing!

Don't see it if you like a fast moving show.

Enchanting, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love a great musical and want to be moved.

Don't see it if If you're a Hamilton groupie

Delightful, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you are ready to see an inventive approach to an old chestnut - great directing!

Don't see it if you don't love a classic musical

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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