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  The King And I at The Kennedy Center

The King And I

The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington

Set in 1860's Bangkok, The King and I tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. This Rodgers & Hammerstein revival is "too beautiful to miss," according to New York magazine, boasting a score with such beloved standards as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful."

Thru - Aug 20, 2017

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 1:30pm & 7:30pm
Sundays: 1:30pm & 7:30pm

Price: $49 - $159

Box Office: 202-467-4600

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  The King And I Reviews
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MetroWeekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...However, much of it is quite pleasing, starting with Laura Michelle Kelly's performance as Anna Leonowens. The real-life Leonowens, an Englishwoman claiming to be Welsh, traveled in 1862 to Bangkok at the behest of King Mongkut, who sought a Western woman to instruct and raise his many royal children. Leonowens is depicted as refined yet headstrong, a widowed single mother who brings a bracing air of modernity - along with her precocious young son Louis (Graham Montgomery) - to the king's regimented palace."

Andre Hereford

Talkin Broadway - Highly Recommended

"...The opulent and moving production of The King and I now at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington may well be the best version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1951 musical one is going to see, with inspired direction by Bartlett Sher, rapturous performances, and exquisite scenery and costumes."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Magnificently produced, enchantingly staged, and gorgeously sung by an exceptional ensemble, Sher's The King and I is a sheer masterpiece that should be on everyone's list of must-sees this summer."
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Gina Jun

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...Movement is very much an important element of "The King and I." Choreographer Christopher Gatelli who oversees the original choreography by the renowned Jerome Robbins brings the intricate ballet "The Small House of Uncle Thomas" to life with precise, delicate and energetic gestures set to a story within the story. The memorable "Shall We Dance" with Anna and the King gracefully gliding and singing in his study is also quite grand to watch."
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Jeanie Casison

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...It's said to be bad luck to say any show is perfect, but perfection this is. In particular, the long ballet of 'The Small House of Uncle Thomas', originally staged by Jerome Robbins, is reverentially recreated by choreographer Christopher Gattelli. Frankly put, it's simply magical, and the masks and Siam dancer costumes by costumer Zuber are particularly stunning."
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Jill Kyle-Keith

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