The award-winning Parkway Playhouse is transporting audiences back to 1862 Siam with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic, The King and I, through Saturday, August 9. Performances are 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00pm on Sundays and are held at the historic Parkway Playhouse Theatre located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville, North Carolina. Tickets range from $12 to $22 and can be purchased online at www.parkwayplayhouse.com or by contacting Parkway Playhouse’s box office at 828-682-4285.
This captivating and timeless treasure of wills, wits and wisdom has been enchanting audiences since it premiered on Broadway in 1951, and the original production ran for 1,246 performances and is based on the 1944 book Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. Set against an exotic background, Siam of the 1860’s, The King and I is the moving true story of a young English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her son who travel to Siam to tutor the King's children. In Siam, she encounters an unfamiliar world full of grand beauty, but mixed with rigid Old World traditions. As the King decides how to bring his country into a new age, he and Anna begin to see beyond traditions and prejudices into what makes people special and what makes a man a true king. The lush Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance?" "I Whistle A Happy Tune" and "Hello, Young Lovers."
The musical was adapted into an equally famous motion picture in 1956, which resulted in an an Academy Award for Best Actor for Yul Brenner, who also originated the role of the King on Broadway.
Boasting a cast of 40 singers, actors, and dancers that range from 3 to 60 years of age, Parkway Playhouse’s production features Clara Burrus, who has appeared at Parkway Playhouse and Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre in numerous productions, as Anna Leonowens. She is joined by Parkway Playhouse newcomer, Jason Sterling as King Mongkut. The cast also includes Myra McCoury as the doomed Princess Tuptim and Dalton Woody as Lun Tha, her Burmese suitor. Jennifer Russ, a Playhouse regular, appears as Lady Thiang.
Real-life brothers Turner Weinmeister and Jack Weinmeister appear as Louis Leonowens, Anna’s son, and the Crown Prince, respectively. Doug Shaw, Dominic Aquilino, Peyton Yearick, Taylor Hutcheson, Logan Bryant, and Bobby Abrahamson round out the supporting characters.
The production has been directed and choreographed by the husband-wife team Andrew Gall (director) and Mary Katherine Smith-Gall (choreographer). Both of whom are long serving staff-members at the 68-year-old Theatre Company and between them have nearly 50 years of experience.
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Support for Parkway Playhouse’s 2014 season comes from WKYK/WTOE, the Blumenthal Foundation, and the Mountain Air Community Residents Fund.
For more information about tickets, performances, classes, camps, auditions, and volunteer opportunities; please contact Parkway Playhouse at 828-682-4285 or visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com.