The King and I [1964 Broadway Revival Cast] [2006 Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1964, Richard Rodgers accepted a position as president and producing director of Music Theater of Lincoln Center, a summer series of limited engagement revival productions of famous Broadway musicals performed at the New York State Theater at the recently opened Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The series' first show, appropriately enough, was The King and I, for which Rodgers had composed the music. It starred opera singer Rise Stevens as Anna Leonowens, the widowed British teacher who travels to Siam to instruct the children of the king, played by television actor Darren McGavin. With such casting, Rodgers re-adjusted the balance in the show, which had been...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1964, Richard Rodgers accepted a position as president and producing director of Music Theater of Lincoln Center, a summer series of limited engagement revival productions of famous Broadway musicals performed at the New York State Theater at the recently opened Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The series' first show, appropriately enough, was The King and I, for which Rodgers had composed the music. It starred opera singer Rise Stevens as Anna Leonowens, the widowed British teacher who travels to Siam to instruct the children of the king, played by television actor Darren McGavin. With such casting, Rodgers re-adjusted the balance in the show, which had been written in 1951 for famed British actress Gertrude Lawrence, but turned Yul Brynner into a star. Of course, the vocal talents were also upgraded by the use of Stevens, a much better singer than Lawrence, and Rodgers also brought in another opera singer, Patricia Neway, who had sung "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" in The Sound of Music, to play Lady Thiang, and her major number, a similarly rangy ballad "Something Wonderful." With the use of McGavin, best known for playing TV detectives, the balance may have been tipped too far, however. The king doesn't have much to do on cast and soundtrack albums beyond the patter song "A Puzzlement," but McGavin demonstrated that he didn't have much of a singing voice, making this album inferior to the original Broadway cast and original soundtrack albums featuring Brynner. The disc is notable, however, as the longest yet recording of the show at 50 minutes, including, for the first time, eight-and-a-half minutes of "The Small House of Uncle Thomas." [The 2006 CD reissue added one previously unreleased bonus track, a one-and-a-half-minute rendition of "Western People Funny" by Neway.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768840023
  • Catalog Number: 88400

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dixie Carter Vocals
Darren McGavin Vocals
James Harvey Vocals
Fred Miller cast
Franz Allers Musical Direction
Victor Duntiere cast
Fred Hamilton cast
Risë Stevens Vocals
Sharon Dierking Vocals
Michael Kermoyan cast
Patricia Neway Vocals
Walter Adams cast
David Aguilar cast
Anita Alpert Vocals
Rudy Vejar cast
Lee Venora Vocals
Anthony Saverino cast
Eric Brotherson cast
William Duvall cast
Frank Porretta Vocals
Ken Richards & Harmonisers cast
Jim McMillan cast
Gina Kaye cast
Theodora Brandon Vocals
Mona Elson Vocals
Carole OHara Vocals
Hanna Owen Vocals
Jean Palmerton Vocals
King and I Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
King and I Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
Richard King Mastering
Ernie Oelrich Engineer
Andy Wiswell Producer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Ernest Oelrich Engineer
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