King and I [1977 Broadway Revival Cast]

The King and I [1977 Broadway Revival Cast]

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0078635261028
catalogNumber:
12610
Rank:
75926

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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,Track Performer
Susan Kikuchi   Vocals
Gene Profanato   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rodgers & Hammerstein   Contributor
Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
Paul Goodman   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   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
Alfred E. Simon   Liner Notes

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The King and I [1977 Broadway Revival Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
maxnmag More than 1 year ago
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.