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The King and I   

 
St. James Theatre, (3/29/1951 - 3/20/1954)
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Opening Date: Mar 29, 1951    
Closing Date: Mar 20, 1954 Total Performances: 1246

Category: Musical, Comedy, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: On the docks and in and around the Royal Palace in Bangkok. The 1860s.



Production Staff
Theatre Owned by The Shubert Organization; Theatre Operated by the 138 West 48th St. Theatre Co., Inc.
Produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam" by Margaret Landon; Musical Director: Frederick Dvonch; Ballet Arrangements by: Trude Rittman; Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett
Directed by John Van Druten; Choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Irene Sharaff; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner; Assistant Designer to Mr. Mielziner: John Harvey; Assistant to Miss Sharaff: Florence Klotz
General Manager: Morris Jacobs; Company Manager: William G. Norton
Stage Manager: Jerome Whyte, John Cornell and Ruth Mitchell
Orchestra Personnel Manager: Sol Gusikoff
General Press Representative: Michel Mok; Press Representative: John L. Toohey; Casting: John Fearnley; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner; Assistant to Mr. Hammerstein: Mary Steele; Assistant to Mr. Rodgers: Margot Hopkins; Assistant to Mr. Robbins: June Graham; Consultant on Oriental Dancing: Michiko
Cast
Yul BrynnerThe King of Siam
Gertrude Lawrence
Her last performance as "Anna" was three weeks before her death
Anna Leonowens
Doretta MorrowTuptim
Narrator
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Dorothy SarnoffLady Thiang
Stephanie AugustineWife
Doria AvilaSlave
Musician
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Jamie BauerRoyal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Lee BeckerRoyal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Mary BurrRoyal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Duane CampPriest
Joseph CarusoPriest
Raul CeladaSlave
Musician
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Cristanta CornejoRoyal Child
Rodolfo CornejoRoyal Child
Robert CortazalRoyal Child
Robin CravenSir Edward Ramsey
Beau CunninghamSlave
Musician
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Gemze de LappeKing Simon
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Andrea Del RosarioRoyal Child
Larry DouglasLun Tha
Shellie FarrellLittle Eva
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Charles FrancisCaptain Orton
Marilyn GennaroRoyal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Evelyn GilesRoyal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Tommy GomezSlave
Drummer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Leonard GravesThe Interpreter
Priest
Thomas GriffinRoyal Child
Geraldine HamburgAmazon
Maribel HammerAmazon
Marcia JamesWife
Margie JamesRoyal Child
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
John JulianoThe Kralahome
Sandy KennedyLouis Leonowens
Ruth KordaWife
Ina KurlandTopsy
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Suzanne LakeWife
Norma LarkinAmazon
Miriam LawrenceAmazon
Baayork LeePrincess Yaowlak
Barbara LunaRoyal Child
Nancy LynchRoyal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Alfonso MariboRoyal Child
James MariboRoyal Child
Gloria MarloweWife
Jack MatthewPriest
Carolyn MayeWife
Len MencePhra Alack
Helen MerrittWife
MichikoAngel
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Helen MurielleRoyal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Ed PrestonPriest
Orlando RodriguezRoyal Child
Corrine St. DenisRoyal Child
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Johnny StewartPrince Chulalongkorn
Nora SuarezRoyal Child
Prue WardRoyal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Bunny WarnerRoyal Child
Phyllis WilcoxWife
Dusty WorrallUncle Thomas
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
YurikoEliza
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Understudies: Constance Carpenter (Anna Leonowens), Joseph Caruso (Lun Tha), Leonard Graves (The King of Siam), Norma Larkin (Lady Thiang), Gloria Marlowe (Tuptim), Jack Matthew (The Interpreter), Len Mence (Captain Orton, Sir Edward Ramsey, The Kralahome), Ed Preston (Phra Alack) and Herbie Walsh (Louis Leonowens)
Tony Award®
winner 1952 Best Musical [winner] 
 Book by Oscar Hammerstein II ;  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II ;  Music by Richard Rodgers
winner 1952 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Gertrude Lawrence
winner 1952 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Yul Brynner
winner 1952 Best Scenic Design [winner] 
  Jo Mielziner
winner 1952 Best Costume Design [winner] 
  Irene Sharaff
I Whistle a Happy TuneAnna Leonowens and Louis Leonowens
My Lord and MasterTuptim
Hello, Young LoversAnna Leonowens
March of the Siamese ChildrenRoyal Children
A PuzzlementThe King of Siam
The Royal Bangkok AcademyAnna Leonowens and Pupils
Getting to Know YouAnna Leonowens, Royal Wives and Royal Children
We Kiss in a ShadowLun Tha and Tuptim
Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?Anna Leonowens
Something WonderfulLady Thiang
Western People FunnyLady Thiang and Royal Wives
I Have DreamedLun Tha and Tuptim
The Small House of Uncle ThomasTuptim and Ensemble
Shall We DanceAnna Leonowens and The King of Siam