About three weeks ago the cast met for the first time. The opening is only a week from now and Marcus Rivera has been learning the script and songs.
The production is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon, inspired on Anna Leonowens memoirs. There have been more than 10 productions for the musical!
The production opened at the Adelaide Festival Theatre in 1991, followed by a highly successful Australian tour. The show reopened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in 1996, followed by a US tour, then transferred to the London Palladium in 2000, where it played for nearly two years before embarking on a UK tour.
The Australian production for 2014 will present more than a 100 shows, from April 13 to November 1st, touring Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Lisa Maccune, four-time Gold Logie winner, is the leading lady for the entire Aussie tour. Teddy Tahu Rhodes, an international opera singer, will play the king in Sydney and Melbourne, and for the Melbourne season, Jason Scott Lee will join Lisa.
The King and I made its mark in Australia back in 1991, where the show (originally premiered at the Adelaide Festival Theatre) went on to become an international sensation.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein’s production of The King and I is a triple crown award winner: The Tony, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle for Best Musical Revival.