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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
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Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like classic musicals

Don't see it if you do not like anything asian

Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful, Profound

See it if If you love beautiful music, witty lyrics, beautiful scenery and a touching story of friendship brought to life by incredible performers;

Don't see it if If you're not into the classics that are longer than your average musical or if you don't like grand productions;

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Great singing

See it if Love Marin Mazzie and the show is gorgeous

Don't see it if No reason Not To See this one

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Adorable children

See it if you want a classic b-way musical: singing, dancing etc. Very funny, slow at times, great costumes, solid story. Not a must-see but go anyway

Don't see it if you want something contemporary. You can't understand characters with English as their second language - this is more than half the play.

Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You want the classic musical theater experience. Memories of your parents' record collection. Lovely in all ways, and not dated.

Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love musicals and love stories

Don't see it if You are a racist

Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if you like Rodgers & Hammerstein. You just can't not hum these songs. Also, amazing performances. O'Hara, Miles and Lee are exquisite.

Don't see it if you want something super contemporary, though Sher takes this old piece and makes it as relevant to modern audiences as a person can.

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if A new King & I! The wives have more individuality, the king's problems seem to reflect the current world situation. Staging is masterful.

Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals. It is, after all, Rodgers and Hammerstein. You know the songs, you know The Dress!

Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you loved the movie and enjoy amazing music & dancing. If you can enjoy a fun, at times intense story of culture clash & the power of love.

Don't see it if disliked the movie or expect the play to be very different from the movie, or if you dislike domineering men as main characters.

Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, Must see, Great acting

See it if You want to see a classic quality musical. This show was awesome.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see The King and I. It was phenomenal.

Lush, Great staging, Great singing, Racist, Mysogynistic

See it if you really like gorgeous stagings of old musicals that have not aged well.

Don't see it if you need much of a plot, or if the racism is just too much to counterbalance the awesome sets, music, and costumes.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Epic, Great staging

See it if you never have. This is a great revival

Don't see it if you dislike top notch musicals

Enchanting, Epic, Thought-provoking, Dated, Absorbing

See it if you like a classic musical done right; the sets were phenomenal, the singing likewise

Don't see it if you're bothered by the dated way they have the people from Siam speak (it bothered me, but was also thought-provoking, I guess?)

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You love classic stories and musicals, beautiful set and costume designs, and gorgeous vocals

Don't see it if You prefer more serious storylines or don't like musicals.

Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging

See it if Solid old-fashioned musical. Beautiful R&H revival.

Don't see it if You are looking for something very contemporary.


See it if You like the movie or the songs or just want to see a fun light musical.

Don't see it if you want something deep and complex.

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You love the original movie or show. Love great staging and an amazing score and enjoy humming along.

Don't see it if Don't like the original music or show or a feel good story that tugs at your heartstrings.

Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Masterful, Great staging

See it if Even if you grew up on Yul Brenner in the movie, if you like the story you will love this production, done delightfully and sung wonderfully

Don't see it if You know the story or at least you should so if you didn't like the story you won't like the show

Great acting, Enchanting, Great staging, Wonderful, Moving

See it if You want to see a phenomenal production of a great show. Great cast. Bartlett Sher's direction is magical, great tech.

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it.

Entertaining, Romantic, Great staging

See it if Like a classic show staged beautifully with a grand cast and wonderful costuming and really enjoyable dancing

Don't see it if You don't like big musicals; this show you need good seats to max entertainment value. King hard to understand at times

Enchanting, Epic, Great staging, Masterful, Romantic

See it if you love old school classic Broadway, and even if you don't. An absolutely stunning, beautifully sung production. Can't miss.

Don't see it if ...nothing. Just see it.

Great staging, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if Beautiful and indelible performances by O'Hara and Miles. Splendid set designs and costume. Great orchestration.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for old-fashioned shows longer than 2:30 hrs. if you look for 'politically correct' shows.

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

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You know the score and want to see a beautiful presentation of a lovely, old fashioned, beautifully staged musical.

Don't see it if You can't control yourself and k ow you will sing along, loudly!

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Timeless, Great score

See it if you want to revisit one of the best R&H scores. The set and costumes are beautiful. The performances are always good regardless of the cast.

Don't see it if you're only there for Kelli O'Hara. You feel tired of the show. You can't appreciate how special it is to have this ensemble of Asian talent

Also I saw the show with Kelli O'Hara/Ken Watanabe, Kelli O'Hara/Hoon Lee, ... 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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