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Manna Nichols and Kevin Panmeechao in 'The King and I'


Recipient of four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, the Lincoln Center national touring production of “The King and I” rolls into the Saenger Theatre for eight performances.

Inspired by Margret Landon’s novel “Anna and the King of Siam,” “The King and I” tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between a the arrogant but charismatic King and a widowed British schoolteacher who arrives in 1862 to teach the King’s myriad of offspring a secular, modernist education.

As she educates his wives and children on the ways of the Western world, Anna learns some lessons of her own about culture, family, and love.

The fifth collaboration between the legendary duo of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics), “The King and I,” one of the most popular musicals of all time, is wildly considered their greatest accomplishment, featuring such classic songs as “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed,” and “Something Wonderful.”

Bruce Burgun is a retired theatre professor from Indiana University and a member of the American Theatre Critics Association.


“The King and I”  

WHEN: Nov. 14-19

WHERE: The Saenger Theatre

1111 Canal St.

TICKETS: $31 and up

INFO:, (504) 525-1052