Uris Theatre, (5/02/1977 - 12/30/1978)

First Preview: Apr 12, 1977
Opening Date: May 02, 1977
Closing Date: Dec 30, 1978
Total Previews: 24
Total Performances: 695

Category: Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival, Broadway
Setting: On the docks and in and around the Royal Palace in Bangkok. The 1860s.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Joseph Nederlander, James Nederlander, Jr. and Gerald Oestreicher

Produced by Lee Guber and Shelly Gross; Associate Producer: Fred Walker

Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam" by Margaret Landon; Musical Director: John Lesko

Entire Production Directed by Yuriko; Original choreography by Jerome Robbins

Scenic Design by Peter Wolf; Costume Design by Stanley Simmons; Lighting Design by Thomas Skelton; Based on the original costumes designed by Irene Sharaff; Sound System Designed by Richard Fitzgerald; Hair Design by Werner Sherer

General Manager: Theatre Now, Inc.; Company Manager: Robb Lady

Production Stage Manager: Ed Preston; Stage Manager: Conwell Worthington II and Thomas J. Rees; Technical Supervisor: Mitch Miller

Musical Supervisor: Milton Rosenstock

General Press Representative: Solters & Roskin, Inc.; Dance Captain: Susan Kikuchi; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company, Matthew Serino and Stuart Roeder; Casting: T.N.I. Casting

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Opening Night Cast

Yul BrynnerThe King of Siam
Michael KermoyanThe Kralahome
Constance TowersAnna Leonowens
Alan AmickLouis Leonowens
June AngelaTuptim
Narrator
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Su ApplegateEnsemble
Jessica ChaoEnsemble
Uncle Thomas
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Hye-Young ChoiLady Thiang
Kaipo DanielsEnsemble
Propman
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Simeon DenEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Lei-Lynne DooEnsemble
Topsy
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Dale HarimotoEnsemble
Little Eva
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Ivan HoEnsemble
Barrett HongEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Clark HuangEnsemble
Pamela KaltEnsemble
Susan KikuchiEnsemble
Eliza
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
John Michael KingSir Edward Ramsey
Annie LamEnsemble
Connie LamEnsemble
Jennifer LamEnsemble
Jae Woo LeeThe Interpreter
Ensemble
Propman
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Faye Fujisaki MarEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Sumiko MurashimaEnsemble
Ric OrnellasEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Gene ProfanatoPrince Chulalongkorn
Thomas J. ReesPropman
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Libby RhodesEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Cecile SantosEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Paul SiuEnsemble
Sydney SmithEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Hope SogawaEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Larry SwansenCaptain Orton
Chandra TannaEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Marianne TatumEnsemble
Mary Ann TengEnsemble
Patricia K. ThomasEnsemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Robert VegaEnsemble
Propman
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Martin VidnovicLun Tha
Tim WaldripEnsemble
Kevan WeberEnsemble
Kym WeberEnsemble
Patricia WeberAngel
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Rebecca WestEnsemble
King Simon
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Julie WooPrincess Yaowlak
Ensemble
Mary WooEnsemble

Swings: Alis-Elaine Anderson and Ching Gonzales

Standby: Michael Kermoyan (The King of Siam) and Margot Moser (Anna Leonowens)

Understudies: Dale Harimoto (Little Eva, Simon of Legree), Ivan Ho (Prince Chulalongkorn), Pamela Kalt (Tuptim), Jae Woo Lee (The Kralahome), Faye Fujisaki Mar (Angel), Sumiko Murashima (Lady Thiang), Libby Rhodes (Topsy), Hope Sogawa (Uncle Thomas), Marianne Tatum (Anna Leonowens), Patricia K. Thomas (King Simon), Robert Vega (Lun Tha, The Interpreter) and Tim Waldrip (Louis Leonowens)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 1978 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Angela Lansbury

 1977 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Lee Guber and Shelly Gross

 1977 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Yul Brynner

Songs

I Whistle a Happy TuneAnna Leonowens and Louis Leonowens
My Lord and MasterTuptim
Hello, Young LoversAnna Leonowens
March of the Siamese ChildrenRoyal Children
A PuzzlementThe King of Siam
The Royal Bangkok AcademyAnna Leonowens and Pupils
Getting to Know YouAnna Leonowens, Royal Wives and Royal Children
We Kiss in a ShadowLun Tha and Tuptim
Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?Anna Leonowens
Something WonderfulLady Thiang
Western People FunnyLady Thiang and Royal Wives
I Have DreamedLun Tha and Tuptim
The Small House of Uncle ThomasTuptim and Ensemble
Shall We DanceAnna Leonowens and The King of Siam

Reviews


New York Daily News: "A royal 'King and I'"

Broadway, they were all saying a couple of weeks ago after an unusually arid musical season, was hungry for a big, splashy Broadway musical. Well, they finally got one in "Annie," but last night at the Uris they got another, this one at least 26 springs younger in the form of a magnificent revival of "The King and I." It is far and away the most beautiful show in town, musically and in all other respects.

This 1951 musical is one of the masterpieces in the Rodgers and Hammerstein canon, equipped with one of Rodgers' most masterly scores and perhaps Hammerstein's most secure and appealing libretto. It moves like silk and has what is probably the best group of singers heard in any of its many revivals hereabouts.

The particular reason for its return is the presence of Yul Brynner, after a quarter-century of moviemaking, in the role he created, the King of Siam in the 1860s. Though he gives the same striking performance that made him a star in the first place, he seems even better, if anything, because he has in a sense grown into the role of the mature monarch who, having spawned close to 100 children by his numerous wives and issued countless proclamations, dies at the end.

But it must be remembered that though Brynner came close to stealing the original, "The King and I" was really designed for the late Gertrude Lawrence, who died during its run. And it was she, as Anna Leonowens, the Welsh widow hired to instruct the king's brood but from the very beginning resentful of his autocratic yet somehow endearing manner, who got the largest share of the songs. Given half a chance, the nonsinging Brynner made the most of his one musical number, "A Puzzlement," a talk-song.

Though Miss Lawrence's mere presence could charm an entire theater, she wasn't much of a singer, being inclined to stray from pitch time and again. On the other hand, the lovely and accomplished Constance Towers sings the many gems thrown her way beautifully and acts the role with grace and conviction. She's done it before, I believe, at Jones Beach and elsewhere, but this is the finest performance I've ever seen her give. Just think of it: she opens the show with "I Whistle a Happy Tune," has the final song, "Shall We Dance?", and in between gets to sing "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Getting to Know You."

The sumptuous-looking though actually fairly simple settings are pretty much as I remember them, and are the work of Peter Wolf. The costumes, praise be, are based on Irene Sharaff's original ones, so there's little need to remind you that you haven't seen anything like them in beauty (especially her women's clothes, which nobody else has ever approached), taste and exquisitely chosen color in many a moon.

Yuriko has been wisely chosen to stage the revival. Long one of Martha Graham's top soloists, she danced the role of Eliza (now taken by her daughter Susan) in Jerome Robbins' delightful ballet "The Small House of Uncle Thomas" in the original, and has painstakingly restaged Robbins' choreography in addition to directing everything else admirably.

Michael Kermoyan, who has played the king in other productions, is first-rate as the king's top adviser, the Kralahome, and Hye-Young Choi makes an ideal Lady Thiang, who sings "Something Wonderful."

The "gift wife" Tuptim and her secret lover Lun Tha are not only handsomely played by June Angela and Martin Vidnovic. Their voices, both rich and excellently trained, embrace the duets "We Kiss in a Shadow" and "I Have Dreamed" lovingly, and she offers a beautiful "My Lord and Master."

With John Lesko in the pit and Milton Rosenstock serving as musical supervisor, the music flows by like a dream. But, then, so does the entire show.


New York Daily News
05/03/1977

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Uris Theatre

(5/2/1977 - 12/30/1978)

Cast

Gusti Bogok
Ensemble
Uncle Thomas
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Roger Campo
Royal Child
Diana Chan
Royal Child
Susana Chan
Royal Child
Jonathon Chin
Royal Child
Jodrell Dimaculangan
Royal Child
Thor Fields
Louis Leonowens
Dale Harimoto
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Julian Hsiang
Royal Child
Michael Kermoyan
The Kralahome
During Yul Brynner's vacationThe King of Siam (Apr 11, 1978 - Apr 30, 1978)
Diane Lam
Little Eva
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Royal Wives
Angela Lansbury
During Constance Towers' vacation
Anna Leonowens (Apr 11, 1978 - Apr 30, 1978)
Jae Woo Lee
The Kralahome
V.V. Matsuoka
Ensemble
Ric Ornellas
Propman
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Richard R. Pierlon
Ensemble
Xavier Rodrigo
Ensemble
Jeanne Ruddy
Amazon
Jason Scott
Louis Leonowens
Freda Foh Shen
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet
Royal Wives
Maggie Stewart
Ensemble
Donald Symington
Sir Edward Ramsey
Robert Vega
The Interpreter
Randolph Walker
Sir Edward Ramsey
Alexander Winter
Broadway debut
Louis Leonowens
Jamie Wong
Ensemble
Henry Yu
Ensemble
Royal Dancer
"Small House of Uncle Thomas" Ballet




Standbys: Jo Ann Cunningham (Anna Leonowens).

Understudies: Roger Campo (Prince Chulalongkorn), Kaipo Daniels (The Interpreter), Thor Fields (Louis Leonowens), Pamela Kalt (Anna Leonowens), William Kiehl (The King of Siam), Diane Lam (Eliza), Xavier Rodrigo (Prince Chulalongkorn), Jason Scott (Louis Leonowens), Freda Foh Shen (Tuptim), Chandra Tanna (Simon of Legree).


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