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GREAT PERFORMANCES: "THE KING & I"
November 8, 2019  | By David Bianculli

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

 
Lincoln Center Theatre’s 2015 version of this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical won the Tony for Best Revival. It’s directed by Bartlett Sher, who also directed its leading lady, the wonderful Kelli O’Hara, in an earlier revival of South Pacific. This TV production was taped when the company traveled to London’s West End, with Ken Watanabe, as the King of Siam, continuing his co-starring role. Quick facts: The King & I premiered on Broadway in 1951, it’s set in Siam in 1862, and Siam is now Thailand. Am I planning to watch? With O’Hara in the role, yes Siam. Check local listings.
 
 
 
 
 
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