March 06, 2019

Reviews for "The King and I" Are In!

On Friday, April 29, audiences were at last able to “get to know” Lyric’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece The King and I when it premiered to a packed house! Known as one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Lyric’s The King and I features unforgettable songs, sumptuous costumes, a dazzling ballet sequence and even a life-size elephant! This production is one not to be missed, and here’s why:

This is the best work I've ever seen Baldwin do, and reason enough for fans of the genre and the title to head to the Civic Opera House.” — Chris Jones/Chicago Tribune

This King and I triumphs.” — Broadway World

“This spectacular, colorful, exquisitely sung production is a treat.” — Chicago Critic

“Every element of this production is stupendous.” — Talkin’ Broadway

“A lush and elegant production.” — Dean Richards/WGN-TV

“Everything about this beautiful production deserves a standing ovation.” — Chicago Theatre Review

“Done to perfection.” — Around The Town Chicago

“This King and I is a richly textured experience.” — WTTW

“Lyric does Rodgers & Hammerstein proud.” — Splash Magazine

“The show feels refreshingly of­-the­-moment.” — Chicago Parent

“Conductor David Chase transports us to another time.” — The Fourth Walsh

“A highly entertaining show.” — Stage and Cinema

Paolo Montalban shined.” — BTS Celebs 

“It's great fun to watch Baldwin and Montalban together.” — Broadway World

“Kate Baldwin brings Anna Leonowens to life.” — Examiner

“Sue Blane's costumes are magnificent.” — Talkin’ Broadway

“Paolo Montalban has chops and charm.” — Chris Jones/Chicago Tribune

“Ali Ewoldt (Tuptim) and Sam Simahk (Lun Tha) are exquisite.” — Chicago Theatre Review

“An effortless, picture perfect performance.” — BTS Celebs 

“The Lyric's production makes the full emotional arc a delight to watch.” — Broadway World

An amazing visual production.” — Around The Town Chicago

“Kate Baldwin displays her tip­top Broadway chops.” — WTTW

“The costumes by Sue Blane are lavish.” — Hedy Weiss/Chicago Sun-Times

“Paolo Montalban plays the king with command.” — Chicago Theatre Review

Dazzling production with Rodgers’s score never sounding better makes the Lyric’s the King and I special.” — Chicago Critic

“It’s all about a good night at the theater, and The King and I delivers that in spades.” — Chicago Parent

Flawless direction.” — Around The Town Chicago

“Conductor David Chase leads a masterful orchestra who deliver every note of Rodgers's score to perfection, ensuring a full, all-encompassing sound.” — Broadway World

“Baldwin reels us in with a just a few notes, oozing musical charisma.” — Splash Magazine

“Blakeley’s staging feels impressive and grandiose.” — Chicago Theatre Review

“The entire ensemble delivers the royal R&H majesty of this show.” — The Fourth Walsh

“Matthew Uzarraga (Prince Chulalongkorn) had a powerful performance and witty delivery.” — BTS Celebs

“The choreography is absolutely amazing.” — Dean Richards/WGN-TV

“Kate Baldwin has gorgeous vocal prowess.” — Chris Jones/Chicago Tribune

“The creative team captures every inch of the musical's opulence.” — Broadway World

“Ali Ewoldt's (Tuptim) gorgeous voice makes you want to hear her sing again.” — Examiner

“The balletic choreography by Peggy Hickey is eye-popping and textured.” — Chris Jones/Chicago Tribune

“Kate Baldwin has a lovely, pitch-perfect voice.” — Hedy Weiss/Chicago Sun-Times

“Paolo Montalban captures the heart and soul of this man among men.” — Around The Town Chicago

“Ewoldt has a crystalline voice that seems to effortlessly float into impossibly high notes.” — Broadway World

Lyric Opera premiere generously made possible by The Negaunee Foundation, two Anonymous DonorsRobert S. and Susan E. Morrison, and Northern Trust

Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I 
Music by Richard Rodgers   Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II   Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon   Original Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett   Original Dance Arrangements by Trude Rittmann   Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins

The King and I production created by the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris on June 13, 2014. General Director: Jeanluc Choplin. Photo: Marie-Noëlle Robert

Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Andrew Cioffi