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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 Brynner
The King of Siam
Gertrude Lawrence
Her last performance as "Anna" was three weeks before her death
Anna Leonowens
Doretta Morrow
Tuptim
Narrator
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Dorothy Sarnoff
Lady Thiang
Stephanie Augustine
Wife
Doria Avila
Slave
Musician
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Jamie Bauer
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Lee Becker
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Mary Burr
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Duane Camp
Priest
Joseph Caruso
Priest
Raul Celada
Slave
Musician
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Cristanta Cornejo
Royal Child
Rodolfo Cornejo
Royal Child
Robert Cortazal
Royal Child
Robin Craven
Sir Edward Ramsey
Beau Cunningham
Slave
Musician
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Gemze de Lappe
King Simon
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Andrea Del Rosario
Royal Child
Larry Douglas
Lun Tha
Shellie Farrell
Little Eva
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Charles Francis
Captain Orton
Marilyn Gennaro
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Evelyn Giles
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Tommy Gomez
Slave
Drummer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Leonard Graves
The Interpreter
Priest
Thomas Griffin
Royal Child
Geraldine Hamburg
Amazon
Maribel Hammer
Amazon
Marcia James
Wife
Margie James
Royal Child
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
John Juliano
The Kralahome
Sandy Kennedy
Louis Leonowens
Ruth Korda
Wife
Ina Kurland
Topsy
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Suzanne Lake
Wife
Norma Larkin
Amazon
Miriam Lawrence
Amazon
Baayork Lee
Princess Yaowlak
Barbara Luna
Royal Child
Nancy Lynch
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Alfonso Maribo
Royal Child
James Maribo
Royal Child
Gloria Marlowe
Wife
Jack Matthew
Priest
Carolyn Maye
Wife
Len Mence
Phra Alack
Helen Merritt
Wife
Michiko
Angel
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Helen Murielle
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Ed Preston
Priest
Orlando Rodriguez
Royal Child
Corrine St. Denis
Royal Child
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Johnny Stewart
Prince Chulalongkorn
Nora Suarez
Royal Child
Prue Ward
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Bunny Warner
Royal Child
Phyllis Wilcox
Wife
Dusty Worrall
Uncle Thomas
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Yuriko
Eliza
"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 Tune Anna Leonowens and Louis Leonowens
My Lord and Master Tuptim
Hello, Young Lovers Anna Leonowens
March of the Siamese Children Royal Children
A Puzzlement The King of Siam
The Royal Bangkok Academy Anna Leonowens and Pupils
Getting to Know You Anna Leonowens, Royal Wives and Royal Children
We Kiss in a Shadow Lun Tha and Tuptim
Shall I Tell You What I Think of You? Anna Leonowens
Something Wonderful Lady Thiang
Western People Funny Lady Thiang and Royal Wives
I Have Dreamed Lun Tha and Tuptim
The Small House of Uncle Thomas Tuptim and Ensemble
Shall We Dance Anna Leonowens and The King of Siam