Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana to Star in King and I Tour

News   Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana to Star in King and I Tour The Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater production is going on the road.
Jose Llana in The King and I
Jose Llana in The King and I Paul Kolnik

Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I has announced a North American tour that will star Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana.

Llana played the role of the King for part of the Broadway engagement that ended this past spring.

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC will produce the tour, which will also feature Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

The tour will launch in Providence, RI, November 1-6, 2016, en route to stops in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Washington DC and elsewhere throughout the 2016-17 touring season and beyond.

A complete list of stops appears below.

Director Bartlett Sher, who will recreate his Broadway staging for the tour, issued a statement saying, “Jose was so superb on Broadway in The King and I that I begged him to join us on the tour and l feel we are incredibly lucky to have him. He brings such joy and virility and strength to the King. And he is one of Broadway's great talents. Laura Michelle has one of the best voices on Broadway matched with an extraordinary heart. Her work on Finding Neverland and Mary Poppins distinguished both of those shows with her natural grace and joy. She will be an exquisite Anna Leonowens.”

The ensemble includes Heather Botts, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Daniel Edwards, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Mindy Lai, Darren Lee, Q Lim, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Marcus Shane, Sam Simahk, Michiko Takemasa, Jeoffrey Watson and Kelli Youngman, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Rylie Sickles, Rhyees Stump, Noah Toledo and CJ Uy as the Royal Children.

The tour will have music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, Tony-winning costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. The production features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the 1951 musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. The score includes the standards “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.”

Here is a complete list of the scheduled stops, as of September 14. Tickets for the tour stops through August 2017 can be ordered here.

Providence, RI: Providence Performing Arts Center
November 1-6

San Francisco: SHN - Golden Gate
November 15-December 11

Los Angeles: Pantages
December 13-January 21, 2017

Seattle: Paramount
January 24-February 3

Cleveland, OH: Palace
February 7-26

Minneapolis, MN: Orpheum
February 28-March 5

Houston: Hobby Center
March 14-19

Philadelphia: Academy of Music
March 22-26

Pittsburgh: Benedum
April 4-9

Boston: Opera House
April 11-23

Fort Myers, FL: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
April 26-30

Tampa, FL: Straz Center
May 2-7

Miami: Arsht Center
May 9-14

Hartford, CT: The Bushnell
May 30-June 4

Durham, NC: Durham Performing Arts Center
June 6-11

Chicago: Oriental Theatre
June 14-July 9

Charlotte, NC: Blumenthal
July 11- 16

Washington, DC: Kennedy Center Opera House
July 18-August 20

Greenville, SC: Peace Center
August 22-27

The producers say they expect to add more cities soon.