"....there really is no puzzlement from me, it’s a straight 5 stars! "
The Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic ‘The King and I’ is a triumph and pure musical theatre bliss for any purist like me! I love nothing more than an old school musical packed full of beautiful songs and an incredible score. We were so lucky to be treated to an outstanding orchestra for this performance under the musical supervision of Stephen Ridley who completely elevated the whole evening with a perfect sound.
As this musical has been around since 1944, you probably don’t need me to explain the story, but by way of a very condensed version The King of Siam (Darren Lee) hires English school teacher Anna Leonowens (Maria Coyne) to teach his many children at their Palace in order to try and modernise his country. Anna arrives aboard a ship from Singapore where she has been living with her son Louis since the death of her husband. She arrives at the Palace under the impression that she will be living ‘off site’ in her own house as was promised by the King, however this did not initially transpire, and they instantly get off on the wrong foot. Over time and after staying much longer than was originally agreed, Anna and the King of Siam build a wonderful relationship and shared many lovely, and sometimes funny moments together.