Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
What an enjoyable production of the musical “The King and I”! It’s currently being presented at the Aronoff in Cincinnati! Elena Shaddow, as Anna, the British widow and teacher has a lovely soprano voice, as do Joan Almedilla (Lady Thiang) and Q Lim, who plays Tuptim. Jose Llana portrays the king with strength; his voice is great, too! Unlike many previous tours of the King and I, it’s clear that presenters took care to choose a diverse, culturally competent cast, making the show more believable. The colorful costuming makes this a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
Even if audience members have never seen this show before, they will certainly recognize some of the lovely lyrical musical numbers, such as “Shall We Dance,” “Whistle a Happy Tune” and “Getting to Know You.” The children in the cast did a great job, and the dialogue around them, as well as with other cast members was clever and enjoyable.
While the time covered by this show takes place in the mid to late 1800’s, it is interesting to note that we still deal with some of the same issues today – such as respect for, and equal treatment of women. See “The King and I.” It is well worth your time!
For tickets and show times check out Broadway in Cincinnati! The last show is April 22, so get your tickets now!!