King and I [1996 Broadway Revival Cast]

The King and I [1996 Broadway Revival Cast]

by Richard Rodgers
     
 
Although Yul Brynner came to be closely identified with The King and I, having originated the part of the king on Broadway in 1951, played it on screen in 1956, and toured in the show in the 1970s and '80s, the musical was actually written not as a star vehicle for him (in fact the male lead has relatively little singing), but for

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Although Yul Brynner came to be closely identified with The King and I, having originated the part of the king on Broadway in 1951, played it on screen in 1956, and toured in the show in the 1970s and '80s, the musical was actually written not as a star vehicle for him (in fact the male lead has relatively little singing), but for Gertrude Lawrence, who originated the role of Anna Leonowens, the "I" of the title. Nevertheless, after Brynner's death in 1985, it seemed hard to imagine that The King and I could be performed again without him. Producer Jack Frost helped overcome that impression with a fresh production in Australia directed by Christopher Renshaw in 1991-92, and it was that production, albeit with a new American cast, that moved to Broadway on April 11, 1996, winning four Tony Awards, including those for best revival and best actress in a musical (Donna Murphy), and ultimately running 807 performances. Murphy, a Broadway veteran, was typically effective, adopting a proper British accent and making her way movingly through "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello, Young Lovers," and "Getting to Know You" as masterfully as any Anna ever had. But all eyes were on Broadway neophyte Lou Diamond Phillips, still best known for playing Ritchie Valens in the movie La Bamba. Phillips scaled down the king to more human proportions in keeping with the more realistic, more Oriental feel of the production. But he brought an energy and power to his portrayal that were his own, and he seemed utterly unaffected by the ghost of Brynner. The result was an excellent staging brought to disc here with plenty of dialogue and underscoring. This is one among many recordings of the score, but it preserves an excellent production of a classic show.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/1996
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206576320
catalogNumber:
5763

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Performance Credits

Richard Rodgers   Primary Artist
David Nadien   Violin
Martin Agee   Concert Master
James Baker   Percussion
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Sarah Carter   Cello
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Jean R. Dane   Viola
Crystal Garner   Viola
Jesse Levy   Cello
Roy Lewis   Violin
Charles Olsen   Trumpet
Deborah Wong   Violin
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Victoria Drake   Harp
William Ellison   Bass
Michael Rafter   Conductor
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
Richard Clark   Trombone
Kaitilin Mahony   French Horn
Helen Campo   Flute
Darryl Kubian   Violin
Larry Guy   Clarinet
Anthony Bracket   Clarinet
Shinwon Kim   Violin
Lou Diamond Phillips   Track Performer
Margaret Gates   Background Vocals
Donna Murphy   Track Performer
Joohee Choi   Track Performer
Jose Llana   Track Performer
Taewon Kim   Track Performer
Randall Duk Kim   Track Performer
Jimmy Higa   Track Performer
Jon Manasse   Clarinet
Cynde Iverson   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Vincent Cirilli   Engineer
Bruce Kimmel   Producer
Frank Wildhorn   Composer
Michael Rafter   Musical Director
Theodore S. Chapin   Liner Notes
Michael Caprio   Art Direction
Alexandra Cook   Contributor
Christopher Renshaw   Liner Notes
Doug Johnson   Cover Design

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