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October 25, 2011 > Theatre: "The King and I"

Theatre: "The King and I"

Submitted By George Ledo

Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward will once again present the all-time favorite Rodgers and Hart musical "The King and I." The show, which opened the Morrisson in 1979 when it was named The Little Theatre, has been one of the most requested shows by audiences over the years, and was most recently performed at the Morrisson in 1994. Directed by Sue Ellen Nelsen and starring T.K. Armstrong as The King and Anna Cook as Anna, the upcoming production will open on November 11 and run through December 4.

Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the musical is based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam," written by Margaret Landon in 1946. The novel, in turn, was inspired by the real-life memoirs of Anna Leonowens, who served as governess at the court of King Rama IV (also known as King Mongkut) from 1862 to 1867. "The King and I" premiered on Broadway in March of 1951, starring Gertrude Lawrence as Anna and Yul Brynner as The King, and won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress (Lawrence) and Best Featured Actor (Brynner). Although Lawrence died of cancer a year and a half later, the show had a Broadway run of over three years, with 1,246 performances, before embarking on a national tour.

The King and I
Nov 11 - Dec 4
8 p.m. (Sunday: 2 p.m.)
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777

Adults: $28
Seniors: $25
Juniors & Students: $20
Group rates available
Box Office open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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