The King and I : Amani G.

Opening Night: May 29, 1951


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Photo by W. Eugene Smith./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images



The Original Cast : -Gertrude Lawrence

-Yul Brynner

-Dorothy Sarnoff

-Doretta Marrow -Larry Douglas

-Jonny Stewart

-Sandy Kennedy

-Lee Becker Theodore

-Gemze de Lapper

-Yuriko

-Baayork Lee


The King and I is both a broadway musical and a screenplay. It was based on Margaret Landon's novel "Anna and the King of Siam". The composer of the broadway musical is Richard Rodgers and the director of the screenplay is Walter Lang. Anna and the King are the main characters and they are acted by Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Byrnner in the original broadway and Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in the oiginal screenplay. The movie and play is mainly about a British widow who moves to Bangkok with her son. The woman is Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son's name is Lewis. She arrives in Siam because she was hired as a governess to the King of Siam's childen and was instructed to tutor them. Anna immediately wants to leave upon her arrival because she was promised a house and once arriving she learned the house was not available. Although Anna and the children of the royal household experience some cultural differences at first, she soon begans to love and care for them. Her feelings for them causes her to stay. Eventually Anna falls in love with the King, but due to her British upbringing she is not permitted to join his harem, or in simpler words to become his wife. At the end of the story as Anna is leaving she hears of the King's death and returns to Siam to help the King's son rule his people. The broadway edition and the screenplay are both very successful and won numerous awards.


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Yul Brynner acting as the King of Siam

Mr. Yul Brynner acted as the King of Siam in the Broadway premier and two out of the three broadway revivals. He als starred as the King of Siam in the screenplay....WoW!!

Awards and Nominatons of all "The King and I" Broadways:

1952 Tony Award Nominations
external image star.jpgBest Musical
external image star.jpgBest Actress in a Musical - Gertrude Lawrence
external image star.jpgBest Featured Actor in a Musical - Yul Brynner
external image star.jpgBest Scenic Design
external image star.jpgBest Costume Design

1977 Drama Desk Award Nominations
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Angela Lansbury
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Yul Brynner

1985 Tony Award Nominations
external image star.jpgSpecial Award - Yul Brynner (honoring his 4,525 performances in "The King and I")
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Mary Beth PeilBest Direction of a Musical
1996 Tony Award Nominations
external image star.jpgBest Revival of a Musical
external image star.jpgBest Actress in a Musical - Donna Murphy
external image star.jpgBest Scenic Design
external image star.jpgBest Costume Design
Best Actor in a Musical - Lou Diamond Phillips
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Joohee Choi
Best Lighting Design
Best Direction of a Musical
1996 Drama Desk Award Nominations
external image star.jpgBest Musical Revival
external image star.jpgOutstanding Director of a Musical
external image star.jpgOutstanding Set Design for a Musical
external image star.jpgOutstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Lou Diamond Phillips
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Donna Murphy
Outstanding Lighting Design
1996 Theatre Award Nominations
external image star.jpgJoohee Choi
external image star.jpgLou Diamond Phillips

The screenplay won.........5 OSCARS!!

Works Cited:


“King and I.” The Broadway Musical. Valerie Rigsbee. <http://broadwaymusicalhome.com/shows/kingandi.htm>

“King and I.” IMDb.1990-2001.< http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049408/>

“Yul Brynner.” Heartthrobs of the Silver Screen. <http://www.woodbridge.lib.nj.us/heartthrobs_of_the_silver_screen.htm>

The first resource was used the most to attain information about the broadway edition of "The King and I" and the first picture. It was this cite that aided as a valuable asset for information about awards and nominations the play recieved. If you want more valuable information about the people behind the scenes such as costume designers and a list of the chatacers who played in each broadway revival this is a good site to go to.

The second resource is just about the movie "The King and I". It gave a short summary of the movie and has a lot of facts such as the amount the movie grossed and awards the characters and directors recieved.

The last resource is just mainly pictures. The last picture was attained from there but no context information was retrieved from this website.