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The King and I [1977 Broadway Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Despite the success of the 1977 Broadway revival of The King and I, RCA waited until almost six months into the run to record a cast album. You can hardly blame them. There had been numerous recordings of the 26-year-old show already, two of them -- the original Broadway cast album and the original soundtrack -- featuring Yul Brynner, the drawing card of the revival. Though "The King" was now the dominating force in the show, it had actually been written for "I," Anna Leonowens, originally played by Gertrude Lawrence, and so there wasn't actually much musical material for Brynner. RCA emphasized what there was, however, adding bits and pieces of dialogue such as "So ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Despite the success of the 1977 Broadway revival of The King and I, RCA waited until almost six months into the run to record a cast album. You can hardly blame them. There had been numerous recordings of the 26-year-old show already, two of them -- the original Broadway cast album and the original soundtrack -- featuring Yul Brynner, the drawing card of the revival. Though "The King" was now the dominating force in the show, it had actually been written for "I," Anna Leonowens, originally played by Gertrude Lawrence, and so there wasn't actually much musical material for Brynner. RCA emphasized what there was, however, adding bits and pieces of dialogue such as "So Big a World." Also attempting to distinguish this version from the many others, the label recorded brief numbers such as "Children Sing, Priests Chant" and "The Royal Bangkok Academy," which previous albums had ignored. The result was the longest recording of the score yet released. But it was still the performances that mattered. Constance Towers made a good Anna, possessing a much stronger voice than Lawrence had, if not quite the level of characterization that Deborah Kerr and Marni Nixon who dubbed Kerr's singing voice brought to the movie. Brynner, the third time around on record and now 62 years old, was huskier, but still authoritative. Young Gene Profanato, playing Prince Chulalongkorn, had more time on record than any of his predecessors in the role, and he made the most of it. June Angela, Martin Vidnovic, and Hye-Young Choi, carrying the really rangy songs "We Kiss in a Shadow," "Something Wonderful," "I Have Dreamed", were strong-voiced if formal. With Robert Russell Bennett's original orchestrations employed, this was a good-sounding version, even if it was a minor addition to the list of recordings of The King and I.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 078635261028
  • Catalog Number: 12610
  • Sales rank: 10,825

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (5:04)
  2. 2 Arrival at Bangkok / I Whitle a Happy Tune - Constance Towers (3:27)
  3. 3 My Lord and Master - June Angela (2:15)
  4. 4 Hello, Young Lovers - Constance Towers (3:49)
  5. 5 March of the Siamese Children (3:27)
  6. 6 Children Sing, Priests Chant (0:47)
  7. 7 A Puzzlement - Yul Brenner (4:31)
  8. 8 The Royal Bangkok Academy (0:44)
  9. 9 Getting to Know You - Women's Chorus of Dallas (4:23)
  10. 10 So Big a World - Yul Brynner (1:04)
  11. 11 We Kiss in a Shadow - Martin Vidnovic (4:12)
  12. 12 A Puzzlement (Reprise) - Gene Profanato (1:51)
  13. 13 Shall I Tell You What I Think of You? - Constance Towers (5:28)
  14. 14 Something Wonderful - Hye-Young Choi (3:21)
  15. 15 Finale to Act 1 - Company (2:31)
  16. 16 Wester People Funny - Women's Chorus of Dallas (1:35)
  17. 17 Dance of Anna and Sir Edward (1:08)
  18. 18 I Have Dreamed - Martin Vidnovic (3:46)
  19. 19 Song of the King - Yul Brynner (1:12)
  20. 20 Shall We Dance? - Yul Brynner (5:03)
  21. 21 Finale - Gene Profanato (6:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Amick Vocals
Milton Rosenstock Conductor, Musical Direction
Constance Towers Vocals, Track Performer
John Michael King Vocals
June Angela Vocals
Hye-Young Choi Vocals
Michael Kermoyan Vocals
Julie Woo Vocals
Martin Vidnovic Vocals
Rebecca West Vocals
Larry Swansen Vocals
Weber Vocals
Patricia Weber Vocals
Women's Chorus of Dallas Track Performer
Yul Brynner Vocals
Susan Kikuchi Vocals
Yul Brenner Track Performer
Gene Profanato Vocals
Technical Credits
Rodgers & Hammerstein Contributor
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
Paul Goodman Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist, Contributor
Milton Rosenstock Director, Musical Director
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
Alfred Simon Liner Notes
Rebecca West Contributor
Sydney Smith Inlay Photography
Irv Stimler Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The King and I

    THE BEST KING AND I CD I have heard. There is so much more included in this version-extra dialog and "incidental" music. "Shall We Dance" and the closing scene are phenominal. True in every sense to the play. Fantastic addeition to any Broadway collection.

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