If you’re a fan of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Broadway musical The King and I, then you’ll be whistling a happy tune to know tickets for the Brisbane season go on sale tomorrow at 9am.
Starring Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, the Tony Award-winning Australian production, The King and I, which is being revived next year by the Gordon Frost Organization and Opera Australia, will have its Australian Premiere at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on 15 April 2014. Much-loved Australian actress and four-time Gold Logie winner Lisa McCune plays English governess Anna Leonowens, while internationally acclaimed opera singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes takes on his second musical theatre role as the King of Siam.
Chinese-born Australian opera singer Shu-Cheen Yu plays Lady Thiang, the King’s chief wife, returning to the production 23 years after playing the young Burmese slave girl Tuptim in 1991. Adrian Li Donni is Lun Tha, the Burmese scholar and envoy who is secretly in love with Tuptim, a role he played for the Production Company in Melbourne in 2010 and in the US the year before that. The King and I was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s fifth musical together and is considered one of the jewels in their crown. It was based on Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which took its inspiration from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, a British governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam (now Thailand) in the early 1860s.
The beautiful score includes the songs “I Whistle a Happy Tune”, “Getting to Know You”, “Shall We Dance?” and “Hello, Young Lovers”.
For more information and to purchase tickets see www.qpac.com.au .