The King and I

The King and I is a Tony Award winning class musical set in 1860’s Bangkok. Full of magical 1950’s era music, the costumes are gorgeous and the story will transport you back in time. What’s not to love?!

What’s it about? The western world seems to be closing in around Siam (and the King). In an attempt to “modernize” and catch up with what’s happening in the world around him, he hires an English school teacher (Anna Leonowens) to serve as a teacher to his many children and his wives. What he doesn’t expect is how connected everyone becomes after she arrives… and how much they grow to love one another. By intermission you will be totally drawn into the characters and the story!

The King and I in Cincinnati
Photo: Jeremy Daniel
The costumes are exquisite. Would you believe her ball gown weighs over forty pounds?!

King and I dancing

As a few of the ladies in the video above stated, the King and Anna (Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow ) have amazing chemistry on stage.

The King and I in Cincinnati
Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Fans of Rogers and Hammerstein  music and musicals – this is one show you do NOT want to miss! You’ll recognize many of the songs from The King and I including “I Whistle a Happy Tune” and “Shall We Dance?”.

Speaking of music, here’s an interesting tidbit for you… I got to watch a bit of the “load in” (stage set-up and show prep) and saw a few minutes of the orchestra rehearsal. I was surprised to learn that only four people in the orchestra travel with the show and the rest are hired locally. The entire orchestra rehearsed together for the first time early on opening day of the play. I watched The King and I that night and they were truly amazing!

King and I orchestra rehearsal

I can highly recommend this one, folks. Get out there and enjoy it!

Make it a King and I themed evening when you hit up one of our favorite Thai food spots before the show!

The King and I is at The Aronoff Center in Cincinnati from through April 22, 2018.


Disclousure: Broadway in Cincinnati supplied us with tickets to see the show for review purposes. In additon, Broadway in Cincinnati is a site sponsor. This post is reflects my genuine opinion of the show and experience.

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