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This new luxury production of THE KING AND I was raved by the critics and public. There was much talk about the different approach with which Christopher Renshaw directed this revival. Personally, and comparing it with the movie adaptation, I didn't find in it great differences.

Visually this show is a festival of red and gold. The costumes are glittering and the sets are impressive (although the best could be seen as soon as we entered the theatre). Like in the movie, things are a little slow and too serious on the second act. I've to confess that I almost slept during the boring THE SMALL HOUSE OF UNCLE THOMAS number, I only completely awoke with the fabulous SHALL WE DANCE.

Faith Prince played a comic Mrs. Anna, but never looked very motherly, and Kevin Gray was a funny and vigorous King. The children were delicious.

The choreography was (with very slight changes) the one that Jerome Robbins created for the original production and I think it's time for someone to create a new one for this musical (like what Kenneth MacMillan did with the recent revival of CAROUSEL).

This is my favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein score and it will never sound dated. Just to hear it is reason enough to see this show.

 

Music by Richard Rodgers    Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins

Musical Staging by Lar Lubovitch    Directed by Christopher Renshaw

Rated by Jorge: +++