INTRODUCTION

Once-in-a-life time performances in Tokyo.

The show will star the two original Lincoln Center Theater Lead actors; Broadway Musical Royalty Kelli O’Hara and world-class film star Ken Watanabe. The highly acclaimed production of the masterpiece musical is transferring to Tokyu Theatre Orb this summer in the same quality as the unprecedented successful runs on Broadway and West End!




Photo by Matthew Murphy The London Palladium Production




A miraculous Tokyo run of the musical that Japanese audience will never experience again.

A miraculous Tokyo run of the musical that Japanese audience will never experience again.



In 2015, the revival of "The King and I" opened at The Lincoln Center Theater in New York after 19 years since the last revival on Broadway. This critically acclaimed hit production won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, starring perfect actors for reviving this masterpiece: Broadway Musical Royalty Kelli O’Hara, who also performs at Metropolitan Opera, together with world-class film star Ken Watanabe.

Kelli O’Hara won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for portraying the role of Anna, a British schoolteacher brought to Siam in 1860’s. Also, Ken Watanabe’s charismatic yet humorous portrayal of the King, who struggles between modernism and protection of tradition, garnered him the first Tony Award nomination for the Best Leading Actor in a Musical as Japanese.

The two actors, who won a rave review for reprising the same roles on West End in 2018, are getting together for the third time in Tokyo.
Don’t miss the once-in-forever opportunity to see this production of the masterpiece musical brought to Tokyo keeping the same quality as the hugely successful runs on Broadway and West End!






"The King and I" boasts beloved classics such as "Shall We Dance?"

"The King and I" boasts beloved classics such as "Shall We Dance?"



With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar HammersteinⅡ, this masterpiece - the greatest musical from the golden age of the theatre - boasts beloved classics such as "Shall We Dance?"

Its original production opened on Broadway in 1951 and won the Tony Award for the Best Musical. Ever since then, it has been a hugely popular musical with multiple revivals, among which are Tony winning revivals in 1996 and 2015 (this production).

With its film in 1956, Yul Brynner won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role reprising the role of The King, which he originated on Broadway.




  • Photos by Matthew Murphy The London Palladium Production
  • Photos by Matthew Murphy The London Palladium Production

    STORY

    Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical 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.






    CAST

    KELLI O’HARA as Anna

    Kelli O’Hara’s portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her the Tony Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. She then reprised her Tony winning role while making West End debut, for which The Times hailed her as "Broadway musical’s undisputed queen."

    Other Broadway credits include The Pajama Game, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, The Bridges of Madison County, for all of which she received Tony nominations.
    Opera includes: The Merry Widow and Così fan tutte (Metropolitan Opera.)
    Film/TV includes: Sex and The City 2, Blue Bloods and 13 Reasons Why.
    She is currently on Broadway in the Roundabout’s production of Kiss Me Kate.

    KEN WATANABE as The King

    Ken Watanabe received a Tony nomination for portraying the role of the King in The King and I on Broadway. He made a West End debut reprising the same role.

    Theater includes: Shimoya Mannen-cho Monogatari, The Lion in Winter, Pizarro and Dialogue with Horowitz.
    Film includes: The Last Samurai (Oscar, Golden Globe, and Screen Actor Guild award nominations), Batman Begins, Memoirs of a Geisha, Memories of Tomorrow, Letters from Iwo Jima, Shizumanu Taiyo, Inception, Unforgiven , Godzilla, Sea of Trees, and Rage.
    Upcoming films: Godzilla: King of Monsters (release: May 31st), Detective Pikachu (release: May) and Fukushima 50 (release: scheduled for 2020)

    CEZARAH BONNER as Lady Thiang

    Training: BA in Communication Arts Major in Drama, University of the City of Manila and Repertory Philippines.
    Theatre includes: Kim in Miss Saigon (Australian premiere and Theatre Royal Drury Lane); alternate Kim in Miss Saigon (Cultural Center of the Philippines); Princess Tuptim and understudy Lady Thiang in The King and I (London Palladium and UK tour); Tiger Lily in Peter Pan (Savoy Theatre); ensemble in The King and I (Royal Albert Hall) and Chess and Seasons of Love (Royal Albert Hall).
    Other work includes: 25th anniversary celebration of Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre). (release: scheduled for 2020)
    Film and Recording credits include: 25th anniversary celebration of Miss Saigon and Chess in Concert.

    PHILIP BULCOCK as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsay

    Theatre includes: Misery (UK tour); Jersey Boys original UK cast (Prince Edward Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Rep); The Merchant of Venice (Union Theatre); Of Mice and Men (Savoy Theatre); Down the Road (Two Colour Theatre); Golden Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Grease (Cambridge Theatre).
    Film credits include: Spectral, Crossroad, Dark Shadows, The Dark Knight, Red Tails, 28 Weeks Later.
    Television includes: Ordinary Lies, Camp X, Casualty, Blood in the Water, House of Saddam.

    KAMM KUNAREE as Tuptim

    Kamm Kunaree made a West End debut with The King and I.

    Training: Kamm graduated with an MA in Musical Theatre from Guildford School of Acting in 2016.
    Theatre credits include: understudy Tuptim and ensemble in The King and I (London Palladium); ensemble in Miss Saigon (UK and Ireland tour) and Kim in Miss Saigon (Scenario, Bangkok, Thailand).

    KAVIN PANMEECHAO as Lun Tha

    Training: MFA – Savannah College of Art and Design, BA – UCLA.
    Theatre credits include: Lun Tha in The King and I (US national tour); Chip Tolentino/dance captain in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (US national tour, Florida Studio Theater and 3-D Theatricals); Paul in A Chorus Line (3-D Theatricals); the Baker in Into the Woods (Lucas Theatre)
    Television credits include: Madam Secretary.
    Film credits include: Life in Between, Uninterrupted Birds and Teens Like Phil.

    TAKAO OSAWA as Kralahome

    Takao Osawa made a West End debut with The King and I.

    Theatre includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Defiled, Phantom, The King and I.
    TV includes: Kimi to Ita Natsu, Hoshi no Kinka, Jin, Hana Moyu, Ooku Saishusho.
    Film includes: Gege, Sekai no Chushin de Ai wo Sakebu, Metro ni Notte, Tsui no Shintaku, Kingdom, AI Houkai (release: scheduled for 2020)

    AARON TEOH as Prince Chulalongkorn

    Training: BA in Theatre from the University of Tasmania.

    Theatre credits include: Man 1 in Songs for a New World (KLPAC); Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along (PAN Productions); Nanki-Poo in The Mikado (YCA); Michael in tick, tick...BOOM! (Monday Show Entertainment); Floyd in Stuck! (Gardner & Wife); The Elves and the Shoemaker (String-Along-a-Puppet) and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.





    CREATIVE

    Music and Lyrics by
    RICHARD RODGERS & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II


    After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most consistently fruitful and successful partnership in the American musical theatre. Prior to joining forces, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on musical comedies that epitomized the wit and sophistication (Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, and more) while Hammerstein brought new life to operetta and created the classic Show Boat with Jerome Kern. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, introduced an integrated form that became known as "the musical play". Their shows that followed included Carousel, State Fair, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, Cinderella, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals have earned Tonys, Oscars, Grammys Emmys, Pulitzers and Olivier Awards.
    Directed by BARTLETT SHER

    His recent credits include not only straight play and musical productions but also opera productions at Metropolitan Opera among others. He is one of the most popular directors of the day, winning and receiving nominations for Tony Awards multiple times. He is also Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater.

    Lincoln Center Theatre includes: Oslo (2017 Tony Award for Best Play), The King and I, The Light in the Piazza (Tony nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ awards).
    Broadway includes: Fiddler on the Roof , The Bridges of Madison County.
    Opera includes: Otello, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera), Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg, Milan, Chicago).
    Productions currently on Broadway: To Kill a Mockingbird and Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady (Tony nominations).


    SCHEDULE/TICKETS



    Photo by Matthew Murphy The London Palladium Production
    DATE

    JULY 11 [thu] - AUGUST 4 [sun], 2019


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    VENUE


    Shibuya Hikarie 11F 2-21-1 Shibuya,
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8510, Japan








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