Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara to Star in Broadway Revival of 'The King and I'


Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara to Star in Broadway Revival of 'The King and I'


Watanabe will play King of Siam, while O'Hara will take on the role of an English woman who is tasked with educating the King's platoon of children.

A new Broadway revival of the classic romantic musical "The King and I" is announced by Lincoln Center Theater. Ken Watanabe will play the King, while Kelli O'Hara will portray the English schoolmistress sent to Siam to teach the children of the king.

Watanabe is no stranger to stage act, but this production will mark his debut in American theater. His Japanese theatre credits include "Dialogue with Horowitz", "Hamlet", "Shitayamannen-cho monogatari", "The Lion in Winter", and "The Royal Hunt of the Sun".

O'Hara, meanwhile, is a five time Tony-nominated soprano. She was recently nominated for her role in "The Bridges of Madison County" which just closed in May.

The play will begin previews on March 12, 2015 before opening on April 16 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Bartlett Sher serves as a director, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli using the original Jerome Robbins dances. Michael Yeargan and Catherine Zuber will handle the sets and costumes.

Based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam" by Margaret Landon, the story was first turned into play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1950s. The most recent one was in 1996 with Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips on the lead roles. Yul Brynner played the King in the original play and reprised his role in the 1977 and 1985 revivals.

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani 'Torn Apart' by Her 'Flirtation' With 'The Voice' Contestant
  2. Brad Pitt Is Ready to Mend His Relationship With Angelina Jolie for the Sake of Their Kids
  3. Pregnant Beyonce Is 'in Hiding': She's Ballooned So Much She Doesn't Want Her Fans to See!
  4. Cher's 'Serious Family Issue' Forces Her to Drop Out of Lifetime's Flint Water Crisis Movie
  5. Kris Jenner's 'Desperate to Hook Up' With O.J. Simpson. What About Toy Boy Corey Gamble?
  6. Drake Reportedly Has 'Weed Overdose'
  7. Kanye West Is Spoiling Kim Kardashian With Jewelries, but She 'Won't Wear Any of It'
  8. Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble Break Up
  9. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Exchange Sweet Gaze While Leaving Church Amid Reconciliation Rumors
  10. Watch Second Trailer for 'Justice League'

CELEBS PHOTO