The King and I [Original 1951 Cast]

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 masterpiece, The King And I, is probably the most familiar of all Broadway musicals, featuring "Hello, Young Lovers," "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance?" "We Kiss in a Shadow," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," and "I Have Dreamed," among others. This deluxe-edition original cast album offers enhanced clarity to the exquisite performances of its legendary stars, Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner, who personify true Broadway royalty.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's fifth musical, The King and I, was their first to be designed as a star vehicle -- written at the behest of ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 masterpiece, The King And I, is probably the most familiar of all Broadway musicals, featuring "Hello, Young Lovers," "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance?" "We Kiss in a Shadow," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," and "I Have Dreamed," among others. This deluxe-edition original cast album offers enhanced clarity to the exquisite performances of its legendary stars, Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner, who personify true Broadway royalty.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's fifth musical, The King and I, was their first to be designed as a star vehicle -- written at the behest of British stage star Gertrude Lawrence to mark her return to the New York musical stage after ten years in 1951. Rodgers and Hammerstein were somewhat hamstrung by the principal cast members. Neither Lawrence nor Yul Brynner, a television director hired to play the part of the king, had much of a singing voice. The songwriters solved this problem by giving the rangy songs -- "We Kiss in a Shadow," "Something Wonderful," and "I Have Dreamed" -- to the secondary characters. As the star, Lawrence had to have several numbers, but Rodgers and Hammerstein played upon her role as a teacher to give her two simple tunes to be sung to children -- "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Getting to Know You" -- as well as a patter song expressing her anger with the king, "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" Even "Hello, Young Lovers" and her duet with Brynner, "Shall We Dance?," were pleasant ditties rather than demanding theater songs. And yet, the musical restrictions made for a highly enjoyable, pop-oriented score with slight Oriental touches. "Hello, Young Lovers" and "We Kiss in a Shadow" became minor hits, but the most memorable songs over time ended up being "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Getting to Know You," which became children's standards. The original Broadway cast album just missed topping the bestseller charts and remained listed there for over a year. It has remained in print through various reissues over the years, including a 50th-anniversary edition in 1993 and a 24-bit remastering in 2000.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 601215798227
  • Catalog Number: 157982
  • Sales rank: 16,739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:26)
  2. 2 I Whistle A Happy Tune (2:44)
  3. 3 My Lord And Master - Doretta Morrow (2:09)
  4. 4 Hello Young Lovers (3:11)
  5. 5 March Of The Siamese Children (3:18)
  6. 6 Puzzlement - Yul Brenner (3:31)
  7. 7 Getting To Know You (3:30)
  8. 8 We Kiss In The Shadow - Larry Douglas (3:29)
  9. 9 Shall I Tell You What I Think? (3:27)
  10. 10 Something Wonderful - Dorothy Sarnoff (2:38)
  11. 11 I Have Dreamed - Larry Douglas (3:29)
  12. 12 Shall We Dance? - Yul Brenner (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gertrude Lawrence Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Dorothy Sarnoff Vocals, Track Performer
Frederick Dvonch Conductor
Yul Brynner Track Performer
Doretta Morrow Vocals, Track Performer
Yul Brenner Vocals, Track Performer
Larry Douglas Track Performer
King and I Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
Andy McKaie Executive Producer, Reissue Producer
Paul Elmore Contributor
Max O. Preeo Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Ron O'Brien Reissue Producer
Frederick Dvonch Director, Musical Director
Louis Untermeyer Liner Notes
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