Lou Diamond Phillips, star of the hit Broadway revival of The King and I, is expected to return to the production Tuesday, Jan. 28 following an absence of more than a week. Out with the flu, Phillips missed 10 performances, though, according to production spokesperson Amy Jacobs, part of the time he was on vacation.
When Phillips returns, audiences will have only seven weeks to catch him opposite his co-star, Tony-winning Donna Murphy, who is scheduled to exit the production March 19. Regarding reports that Faith Prince would succeed Murphy in the role of Anna Leonowens, the schoolmistress who introduces Western culture to the King of Siam, Jacobs had no comment.
Phillips, meanwhile, has an "open-ended" contract, and will continue as the King for the foreseeable future.
Winner of four Tony Awards, a touring production starring Hayley Mills and VeeTalmadge will commence March 18 in Minneapolis.
For tickets to the Broadway production, call (212) 307-4100. -- By Andrew Ku