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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
90
Avg Score

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Epic, Overrated, Dated

See it if you love classical musicals with typical staging

Don't see it if you do not like over the top productions

82
Entertaining

See it if you appreciate classic musical theatre

Don't see it if you prefer more progressive theatre.

89
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like classic musicals with good production values.

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

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if A mauve antebellum gown seems the best battle gear for injustice, inequality or any other subject you like most. A lavishly staged classic.

Don't see it if Putting it nicely, Golden Age musicals aren't precisely your cup of tea or you feel finely tuned character details ruin the fantasy.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Epic

See it if you love Kelli O'Hara and want to see an true epic musical with lavish staging. Shall we Dance alone is worth the price of admission!

Don't see it if don't like musicals

86
Entertaining, Talented cast, Dated, Great staging, Epic

See it if You've enjoyed other productions of this show. You want to see cool sets and beautiful costumes along with a good cast in a good theater.

Don't see it if You think the ideas of the show are too old fashioned. You get sleepy without a lot of wild action. You dislike the film.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want to see classic Broadway done incredibly well. The staging is fantastic, the voices strong, and it's a lot funnier than I remembered

Don't see it if you don't care for older shows or need to hear every word of dialogue. I had trouble discerning several of Ken Wantanabe's lines in act one

75
Entertaining, Dated, Great staging, Masterful, Slow

See it if you enjoy amazing sets, don't mind a slightly dated plot or music, see a show more for the actors than the plot, and love a big production

Don't see it if if you're easily bored, prefer contemporary songs and plot lines, don't like symbolism, and are bothered by cliched archetypes

82
Delightful, Enchanting, Riveting, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like classic Broadway musical with big cast and cross-culturre currents

Don't see it if you are impatient to sit for 3 hours

80
Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see this classic, incredibly beautiful musical in a wonderfully rendered, classical production. You love O'Hara, Sher, or R&H

Don't see it if You don't like R&H, you've seen this musical lots of times and you're tired of it.

92
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you wish to see a lavish production based on a true story of cultural interchange in the XIX century.

Don't see it if you are not into historical drama.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated

See it if you love kelli o'hara , you want to see a great opening scene , you want to see some cute child actors and hear whistle a happy tune

Don't see it if you have seen one of the older versions. It's not worth seeing again.

91
Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see

See it if You must see if you love the movie! Honestly never saw the movie but after seeing this it moved me! Had to run and see the movie.

Don't see it if You must see

82
Great acting, Slow, Great staging, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You want to see epic staging (WOW!), you love the story line, you love the score.

Don't see it if You want something particularly life-affirming or clever/innovative, you don't like the story line.

76
Absorbing, Entertaining, Romantic, Fluffy, Dated

See it if you like the music- like no other- and always- "Shall we Dance" BOOM BOOM BOOM

Don't see it if you don't like OLD Musicals

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You like classic musicals. It has all the bells and whistles of a great story, a big and talented cast, and fantastic music.

Don't see it if You can't deal with the pragmatic, less than perfect story.

75
Dated, Classic, Cast-dependent

See it if Never seen K&I live, want to see Kelli and especially Ruthie kick ass and take names, fond of hoop skirts

Don't see it if don't want to support/encourage Orientalism/exoticism. Understudies are on for Kelli, Ruthie, or Ashley Park.

86
Great staging, Relevant

See it if you love a classic and spectacular musical with exquisite costumes, timeless music, classical singing and still-relevant themes.

Don't see it if you are fixated on the Yul Brynner days, or can not look at racism and sexism even in old classics.

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you love R&H and want to see a beautiful revival of a classic show; wonderful performances; great singing; O'Hara is delightful!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of traditional Broadway shows; Watanabe is sometimes difficult to understand; being traditional, it's a long show.

89
Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining, Dated, Masterful

See it if you enjoy classic musicals that are beautifully staged and immerse you in the world portrayed.

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals flashy.

100
Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You love great theater, beautiful performances and innovative set design

Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals. Even though this one does not feel at all like a revival.

75
Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Slow

See it if beautiful physical productions, large ensemble and massive orchestra appeal to you.

Don't see it if you're not sure if you can sit through the 3 hour long show, because it is relatively slow-paced.

85
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great staging, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of KING AND I for this is a sumptuous feast for the eyes.

Don't see it if You are not a fab of traditional book musicals or can't get past the dated nature of the text.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a truly beautiful production. This is a truly inspired take on a beloved classic. It's stunningly gorgeous and delightful.

Don't see it if you hate classic musicals. Other than that, you'll find something to love about this production.

31
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a good ol' classic production of the King and I.

Don't see it if you're looking for something more original.


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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