There’s nothing like the scent of incense in heavy velvet to put you in mind of faraway places. We can’t convey that in a blog post, but we can give you a glimpse of the visual and aural splendour of this spectacular revival of Christopher Renshaw’s The King and I, which opened in Brisbane over Easter.
It is a lavish musical, with more than 61,000 Swarovski crystals adorning the set and no expense spared on the stunning period costumes. The result is a sumptuous picture of 19th century Siam – seen through the eyes of English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. See it for yourself in this video from opening night:
See the first pictures and read the reviews:
“Lisa McCune has probably never sounded or looked lovelier… She is the calm, commanding centre of the piece and a joy to behold.” – The Australian
“The children are impossibly cute, the sets are extravagant and the Thai dancing exotic.” – The Courier Mail.
“Rhodes was wonderful, humorous and the chemistry between he and McCune was electric.” – Sunshine Coast Daily
“At this point Jerome Robbins’s choreography (reproduced by Susan Kikuchi), Thomson’s design, Rodgers’s Eastern-inflected music, Hammerstein’s inspired writing and the performances of Liu and the ensemble work together to create unforgettable magic.” – The Australian
“Shu-Cheen Yu’s Lady Thiang, Jenny Liu’s Tuptim and Adrian Li Donni’s Lun Tha are all sung superbly, with Yu’s Something Wonderful a standout.” – The Australian
“Marty Rhone delighted in the role of The Kralahome (Prime Minister) – underplayed humour was the key to this performance and Rhone delivered.” – Aussie Theatre
Book now to see The King and I in your city.
BRISBANE | QPAC | Now playing until June 1
MELBOURNE | Princess Theatre | June 10 – August 17
SYDNEY | Sydney Opera House | September 7 – November 1