Lyric Premiere The King and I

By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

  • Running Time - 3 hours including 1 intermission

A glorious spectacle of unforgettable songs, marvelous costumes, and opulent scenery is coming to Lyric this spring with an “elaborate...brightly colored...dazzling” (The New York Times) production of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, The King and I. This Tony-winning musical that tells the story of a British schoolteacher who is hired by the King of Siam to tutor his wives and children will capture your heart as they discuss, debate, and ultimately grow in understanding and respect.

A cast of Broadway’s brightest led by Kate Baldwin, who “casts a warm glow whenever she sings” (The New York Daily News) and Paolo Montalban, who “rules the stage with flawless timing and a perfect sense of entitlement” (The Washington Post) will illuminate the Lyric stage and delight with one familiar song after another, including “Shall We Dance?,” “Something Wonderful,” “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” and more. Don’t miss the limited engagement of this hit Broadway musical!

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This production of The King and I was presented at Lyric April 29 – May 22, 2016. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Meet The Artists

Kate Baldwin

Anna Leonowens

Paolo Montalban

King of Siam

Rona Figueroa

Lady Thiang

Ali Ewoldt


Sam Simahk

Lun Tha

Alan Ariano

The Kralahome

John Lister

Captain Orton

David Parkes

Sir Edward Ramsay

Matthew Uzarraga

Prince Chulalongkorn

Charlie Babbo

Louis Leonowens

Jomar Ferreras


Peter Sipla

Phra Alack

Leila Koss

Princess Ying Yaowalak

David Chase


Lee Blakeley


Jean-Marc Puissant

Scenic Designer

Sue Blane

Costume Designer

Rick Fisher

Lighting Designer

Mark Grey

Sound Designer

Peggy Hickey


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

Photo: Todd Rosenberg