Kelli O’Hara leads a lavish revival of ‘King and I,’ even if Ken Watanabe’s monarch falls short

April 17, 2015 2:39 AM

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You can’t overstate how stunningly beautiful, how achingly well sung this new revival of “The King and I” is. A lifesize ship gracefully moves over the orchestra, and a Siamese palace comes to life, lined with red and gold silk. Meanwhile, a 29-piece orchestra helps lift standards like “Hello, Young Lovers” and “Shall We Dance?” to glorious heights.

It’s enough to make Lincoln Center Theater’s previous Rodgers and Hammerstein effort, 2008’s “South Pacific,” seem almost undefed in comparison.

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