King and I [1964 Broadway Revival Cast]

The King and I [1964 Broadway Revival Cast]

     
 

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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 See more details below

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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 & I, for which Rodgers had composed the music. It starred opera singer Risë 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, whom he had previously used to sing "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" in The Sound of Music, to play Lady Thiang, whose major number was the 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."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886976573126
catalogNumber:
765731
Rank:
46805

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Performance Credits

Dixie Carter   Vocals
Darren McGavin   Vocals
Risë Stevens   Vocals
Sharon Dierking   Vocals
Patricia Neway   Vocals
Anita Alpert   Vocals
Lee Venora   Vocals
Frank Porretta   Vocals
Theodora Brandon   Vocals
Mona Elson   Vocals
Hanna Owen   Vocals
Jean Palmerton   Vocals
King and I Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
King and I Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Matt Kelly   Tape Research
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
Franz Allers   Music Direction
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Ernie Oelrich   Engineer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Mike Kull   Tape Research
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Edward Greenberg   Stage Direction
Anthony Fountain   Tape Research
Elisabeth Ladwig   Graphic Design

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