A Musical, Globalized in Every Sense

April 6, 2015 10:01 PM

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A Musical, Globalized in Every Sense

The history of ‘The King and I,’ which is about to open in its first Broadway revival since the 1990s.

Early in the 1950s, when the United Nations campus was nearing completion, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created a musical that illustrates how the whole world is interconnected, showing how a 19th-century king of Siam with a household full of slaves might be inspired by a U.S. president ...

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