The King And I (The 2015 Broadway Cast Recording) Various Artists

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Album-Release:
2015

HRA-Release:
29.05.2015

Label: Decca / Universal

Genre: Soundtrack

Subgenre: Musicals

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • 1Overture03:14
  • 2I Whistle A Happy Tune02:44
  • 3My Lord And Master02:11
  • 4Hello Young Lovers03:19
  • 5The March Of The Siamese Children02:17
  • 6A Puzzlement03:08
  • 7The Royal Bangkok Academy00:47
  • 8Getting To Know You03:32
  • 9We Kiss In A Shadow03:17
  • 10A Puzzlement01:47
  • 11Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You04:40
  • 12Something Wonderful02:51
  • 13Western People Funny02:04
  • 14I Have Dreamed03:08
  • 15The Small House Of Uncle Thomas14:09
  • 16Song Of The King01:14
  • 17Shall We Dance?04:22
  • 18Finale Ultimo03:01
  • Total Runtime01:01:45

Info for The King And I (The 2015 Broadway Cast Recording)

Decca Broadway presents the new Broadway Cast recording of Rodgers and Hammersteins beloved classic, The King and I.

Starring six-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific) and Tony and Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) star in the magnificent new Broadway production.

Nominated for NINE Tony Awards:
Best Musical Revival
Best Leading Actor in a Musical - Ken Watanabe
Best Leading Actress in a Musical - Kelli O Hara
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Ruthie Ann Miles
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Michael Yeargan
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Catherine Zuber
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Donald Holder
Best Direction of a Musical - Bartlett Sher
Best Choreography - Christopher Gattelli

The album features a cast of more than 50 and a score of treasured songs including, Getting to Know You, I Whistle a Happy Tune and Shall We Dance? in their glorious, original orchestrations.

Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directs this classic tale of a British schoolteachers unexpected relationship with the imperious King of Siam.

Music Director Ted Sperling (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) leads the 29-pieces orchestra and cast.

„This score, given the full velvet touch by a sublime orchestra, contains some of [Rodger s and Hammerstein s] lushest ballads. They acquire freshening nuance and anchoring conviction here. That Ms. O Hara, one of our greatest reinterpreters of musical standards, does so is not surprising. (You ll feel you re hearing Hello, Young Lovers for the first time.)“ (New York Times)

„You can t overstate how stunningly beautiful, how achingly well sung this new revival of The King and I is.“ (New York Post)

„There are moments in Lincoln Center Theater's ravishing new Broadway production of The King and I (***½ out of four) that may leave you grinning so hard your face will hurt. Then suddenly, without warning, you'll be fighting off tears.“ (USA Today)

A Broadway Musical:
The King and I is a musical, the fifth by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. The musical's plot relates the experiences of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King's drive to modernize his country. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the piece, as well as by a love that neither can admit. The musical premiered on March 29, 1951, at Broadway's St. James Theatre. It ran nearly three years, then the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history, and has had many tours and revivals.

In 1950, theatrical attorney Fanny Holtzmann was looking for a part for her client, veteran leading lady Gertrude Lawrence. Holtzmann realized that Landon's book would provide an ideal vehicle and contacted Rodgers and Hammerstein, who were initially reluctant but agreed to write the musical. The pair initially sought Rex Harrison to play the supporting part of the King, a role that he had played in the 1946 film made from Landon's book, but he was unavailable. They settled on the young actor and television director Yul Brynner.

The musical was an immediate hit, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress (for Lawrence) and Best Featured Actor (for Brynner). Lawrence died unexpectedly of cancer a year and a half after the opening, and the role of Anna was played by several actresses during the remainder of the Broadway run of 1,246 performances. A hit London run and U.S. national tour followed, together with a 1956 film for which Brynner won an Academy Award, and the musical was recorded several times. In later revivals, Brynner came to dominate his role and the musical, starring in a four-year national tour culminating in a 1985 Broadway run shortly before his death. Christopher Renshaw directed major revivals on Broadway (1996) and in the West End (2000), and a Broadway revival, directed by Bartlett Sher (2015). Both professional and amateur revivals of The King and I continue to be staged regularly throughout the English-speaking world.

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Booklet for The King And I (The 2015 Broadway Cast Recording)

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