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truly something wonderful

It’s amazing to see a show that originally opened in 1951 still have the glamour it is remembered for. In the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, the beauty of the music, sets, and costumes all come together to create a wonderfully entertaining show. Rodgers and Hammerstein are known for their social commentary with other popular musicals like South Pacific and Carousel which have stood the test of time, and for good reason. This…


Added by Sam Irvin on March 2, 2017 at 11:49pm — 1 Comment

Shall I Tell You What I Think of The King and I?

The King and I is the fifth musical created by the duo Rodgers & Hammerstein. The King and I premiered as a live musical in 1951. Since then, it has had many revivals - the show won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2015. The plot is based off of Anna Leonowens’ biography about her life as a governess to the royal children of Siam. The musical evolved the story into one of a witty king that hires a schoolteacher in order to…


Added by Devyn Terry on March 2, 2017 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Some revivals could use more reviving

The Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” came to the Orpheum Theater this past Tuesday, but despite being a revival, the musical lacked some much needed reviving. “The King and I” originated as a movie in the 1950s and is set back in civil war era Siam. While some may argue that the message transcends cultures and time, nothing is more out of date than colonization and the stripping a nation of it’s culture. The production’s plot consists of Anna Leonowens (Laura…


Added by Leo Driessen on March 2, 2017 at 11:26pm — 1 Comment

Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera

      The King and I, playing at the Orpheum February 28th - March 5th, takes you to 1862 Bangkok where King Mongkut of Siam is hiring English teacher Anna Leonowens to instruct his many children and wives. Musical theatre has adapted to fit the times, but this show, originally opening on Broadway in 1951, has been through decades. I entered the theater expecting a bit of a dull show, but was pleasantly surprised by its charm. The music wasn’t anything extraordinary,…


Added by Anika Besst on March 2, 2017 at 11:24pm — 1 Comment

The King and I

The tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I that showed at the Orpheum Theater this past Tuesday was a refreshing recreation of a production that has historically relied on stereotyping and exoticization to represent the “Far East”. Director Barlett Shar and the rest of the artistic team used authentic costuming, set design, and dance to represent the culture of Siam in a way that was respectful and honest. Because the show was not bogged…


Added by Heidi Wiese on March 2, 2017 at 11:07pm — 1 Comment

Overbearing Sexism in 2017

George Mulder

The King and I

Overbearing Sexism in 2017

The King and I has been a beloved show for decades in the United States, but is there room for it in our feministic culture of today? Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis now until March 5th. It tells the story of a British school teacher who goes to the country of Siam to teach all of the king’s children. The king has over 70 children, since he believes a man should…


Added by George Mulder on March 2, 2017 at 10:57pm — 1 Comment

A king (and I) for our time

Sexist and misogynistic. Touching, endearing and full of humor. These opposing qualities characterize, at various stages, 'The King' at the center of The King and I, in a show that is about the possibilities of transformation, and it's all candy coated in beautiful costumer and breathtaking dance numbers. Running from February 28 through March 5 at the Orpheum it just may be…


Added by Emma Meents on March 2, 2017 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

The King and I

The comedy throughout The King and I was brought to life and never got old.  Jose Llana, in his role as the King of Siam, made me laugh again and again.  The Royal Children also brought out this comedy greatly.  They were absolutely adorable and hilarious.

This incredible story, based on the novel “Anna and the King of Siam”, by Margaret Landon, was beautifully told.  The dynamic relationships of all of the characters are the starting aspects of the production.  Namely between…


Added by Ruby Schroeder on March 2, 2017 at 10:02pm — 1 Comment

The King and I

When I first saw the list of shows that I was going to be seeing in the Orpheum’s 2016-2017 season, The King and I was one of those shows that I…


Added by Bella West on March 2, 2017 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment

The King and I: A Classic For a Reason

Going into Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, I was worried about an overarching message of the superiority Western culture and an ignorance towards East Asian culture within the show. I was happily surprised to find that although the show premiered in 1951, it contains some progressive themes and represents the culture of Siam in a way that displays nuance and general understanding. Based off the novel by Margaret Landon, which was adapted…


Added by Delia Grimes on March 2, 2017 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

The king and i

Megan Weber

The King and I

The King of Ballet

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of seeing The King and I at the Orpheum. The show takes place in the 1860’s in Siam (modern day Thailand). The King of Siam (Jose Llana) wants to introduce Siam to western teaching, so he hires Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly) to teach them. When Anna first arrived, the king and her did not get along at all. However, as time goes on, they learn to accept one another and form a…


Added by Megan Weber on March 2, 2017 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

I Whistle a Happy Tune at the King and I

The King and I is a delightful classic to return to to escape into a different world. Based off of the book, Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon, it first premiered in 1951. It was written by the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein who were known for their elaborate performances and sets. It was made into a movie in 1956 and has become a classic. It chronicles the events that follow a British schoolteacher, Anna, agreeing to tutor the royal children and wives of Siam. What ensues is a… Continue

Added by Maria Spack on March 2, 2017 at 8:33pm — 1 Comment

Getting to Know The King and I

Some of the most popular musicals written follow the story of two people coming from completely opposite lifestyles, butting heads, and eventually finding peace. Containing some of the most well-known songs in musical theater to this day, The Lincoln Center’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I proves to rightfully be amongst those popular shows. Set in the 1860’s, British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens moves to Siam to teach the…


Added by Kayli Schneider on March 2, 2017 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

A Modern Classic

In the American musical theatre canon, the works of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are often lauded as some of the greatest pieces of theatre. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s pieces are classic archetypical musical productions, 1951's The King and I included. The Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award winning revival production of the classic show is filled with exuberance from both the cast and the technical elements. Directed by Bartlett Sher, this production is able to take a…


Added by Larissa Milles on March 2, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

The King and I is Something Wonderful

Roger’s and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”, set in the 1860s, follows Anna Leonowens on her new life in Siam as a school teacher to the King’s children. She serves as a mother figure and worldly advisor for the children and people of the kingdom who are naive to the King’s false teachings of the world.

Unproudly, I hardly know any classical musicals so I went into this relatively unfamiliar, knowing only what I had learned from rehearsal videos…


Added by Grace Whiting on March 2, 2017 at 12:38am — 1 Comment

Shall I Tell You What I Think Of, "The King And I"?

  Based on the 1944 novel by Margaret Landon, Rodgers & Hammerstein's, “The King And I” includes a fantastic story line, a dazzling score, and a gorgeous set. This show is set in 1860’s and follows the story of a widow named Anna, who sails from her home in England to Siam. In Siam, she serves as a schoolteacher to the royal children of Siam; as a mother-figure, she teaches them about the current political changes in the…


Added by Madi Nelson on March 1, 2017 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

Newsies! Strikes the Silver Screne

Newsies, which was scheduled to run for only 105 performances on Broadway, has taken the musical theatre world by storm resulting in a 1,005 performance run, a national tour, and finally, a filmed version of the stage production. The story follows a band of of orphans who sell newspapers, newsies, headed by a young man named Jack (Jeramy Jordan) who was played by Christian Bale in the original film. The newsies go on strike after the newspaper company raises the…


Added by Noah Coon on March 1, 2017 at 6:55pm — No Comments

Getting to Know The King and I

The Lincoln Center Theatre’s touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1944 musical The King and I opened on Tuesday, February 28th at the Orpheum Theatre. A delicate curtain with swirls of gold, purple and red covering the stage transported audiences to 18th century Siam from the moment they walked into the theatre. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the four time Tony nominated show has been traveling around the country telling the story of the King…


Added by Linnea Stanton on March 1, 2017 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment

Life-Sized Dialogue With the Moon Review (Mamma Mia Makeup)

On February 2-4, Labrador, a new theater group comprised of young artists from the Twin Cities and dedicated to creating new and interesting work, performed their original show A Life-Sized Dialogue with the Moon at the Southern Theater. The show was essentially a show within a show as two best friends, JoJo (Talia Wendlandt) and Charlie (Andrea Omernik), watched the “film” Charlie made for JoJo. The “film” was about two parents, Dark Matter (Dom) and Visible Light (Val) and…


Added by Heidi Wiese on February 28, 2017 at 10:08am — No Comments


The new musical The Bodyguard which opened its tour at the Orpheum Theater failed miserably to impress me. Having never seen the film, I was able to see the show for what it really was: a jukebox musical based on a movie with a mediocre plot line and cheap excuses for horror elements. When the show began with a literal “bang” and a strong opening number, I had high hopes for the rest of the show. However, as the show went on, it was inconsistent in its ability to keep my interest. The…


Added by Heidi Wiese on February 28, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments

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