The King and I [1996 Broadway Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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, ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/1996
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206576320
  • Catalog Number: 5763

Album Credits

Performance Credits
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
Stan Freberg Composer
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Miklós Rózsa Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Trevor Rabin Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Harold Rome Composer
Kander Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Vincent Cirilli Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Bruce Kimmel Producer
Mark Mancina Composer
David Shire Composer
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
Janet Gari Composer
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