The King and I

Musical - Original

St. James Theatre

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  • Opening Date: March 29, 1951
  • Closing Date: March 20, 1954
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 1246

Music: Richard Rodgers

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Book: Oscar Hammerstein II


Welsh schoolteacher Anna Leonowens travels from England to Siam to serve as governess to the king's many children. Their clash of wills and the lessons they learn from each other are examined in this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, based on Leonowens's account of her experiences.


Opening Night Cast

Gertrude Lawrence Anna Leonowens
Yul Brynner in The King and I Yul Brynner The King of Siam
Doretta Morrow Narrator
Dorothy Sarnoff Lady Thiang
Robin Craven Sir Edward Ramsey
Larry Douglas Lun Tha
Charles Francis Captain Orton
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Opening Night Production Credits

Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Book
Richard Rodgers Richard Rodgers Music
Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Lyrics
  John Van Druten Director
Jerome Robbins Jerome Robbins Choreographer
  Jo Mielziner Scenic Design
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1951 Best Musical Richard Rodgers
Oscar Hammerstein II

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1952 Actress in a Musical Gertrude Lawrence Winner
1952 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Irene Sharaff Winner
1952 Featured Actor in a Musical Yul Brynner Winner
1952 Musical   Winner
1952 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Jo Mielziner Winner
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