The King and I

1951 musical by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II

The King and I is a two-act musical. It is based on the novel, Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the musical's book and lyrics. Richard Rodgers wrote the music. The musical received the 1952 Tony Award for Best Musical.

The King and I
Brynner in the original 1952 production
MusicRichard Rodgers
LyricsOscar Hammerstein II
BookOscar Hammerstein II
BasisAnna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon
ProductionsBroadway (1951)
West End (1953)
Movie (1956)
AwardsTony Award for Best Musical (1952)

The King and I opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on 29 March 1951, and closed on 20 March 1954 after 1246 performances. The original production starred Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner. It was directed by John Van Druten, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Scenery and lighting were designed by Jo Mielziner.

The King and I opened on the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on 8 October 1953, and closed after 926 performances. In 1956, the musical was released as a Twentieth Century Fox movie starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr.

In 1999, Warner Bros. made an Animated movie called The King and I based on the play.

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