Theater: Kelli O'Hara Delights (Again) in King and I

April 17, 2015 2:12 AM

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Western superiority has never seemed more charming than in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The King And I. This handsomely mounted revival helmed by Bartlett Sher boasts a clutch of great songs, beautiful singing by the cast, some adorable children and two wonderfully charismatic leads. Short of a complete overhaul of the original book, it won't get much better than this. This show can't have quite the same impact as Sher's South Pacific because that revival dusted off a classic and proved it wasn't the stodgy war horse people (like me) imagined. Here, they minimize the flaws in the story and present this romantic tale with polish and style. But the flaws remain.

A dry run of sorts for their final smash hit The Sound Of Music, this King offers the exoticism of the East via the memoirs of widow Anna Leonowens (Kelli O'Hara). She bravely ventures to Siam with her young son to serve as a tutor for the children of the King. Said King (Ken Watanabe in his English...

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