Schulman's Staging of King and I Begins at Canada's Stratford Fest April 26

News   Schulman's Staging of King and I Begins at Canada's Stratford Fest April 26 Broadway director Susan H. Schulman's new staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I begins performances north of the border April 26, at Canada's renowned Stratford Festival.
Lucy Peacock and Victor Talmadge appear in The King and I.
Lucy Peacock and Victor Talmadge appear in The King and I.

The Stratford Festival's 2003 production of the classic musical about a democracy-challenged King of Siam and the British schoolteacher who comes to care for his royal kids, plays the flagship Festival Theatre, with festival fave Lucy Peacock as Anna Leonowens and Victor Talmadge as the King.

Schulman is known for her Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and The Sound of Music, and the new musical, The Secret Graden and Off-Broadway's Violet. Her next Broadway project is the new musical, Little Women, drawn from the Louisa May Alcott novel.

King and I's assistant director is Darcy Evans, choreographed is by Michael Lichtefeld and associate choreographer is Joe Bowerman. Phillip Hughes is assistant choreographer and dance captain.

Musical direction is by Berthold Carrière with assistants Laura Burton and Marilyn Dallman. Designers are Debra Hanson (set), Roger Kirk (costume), Kevin Fraser (lighting) and Peter McBoyle (sound).

The King and I cast includes features Thom Allison as the Kralahome, Charles Azulay as Lun Tha, Sant'gria Bello as Angel George, Gabriel Burrafato as Phra Alak, Madeleine Chin-Yee as Princess Ying Yaowalak, Robert Hamilton as Sir Edward Ramsay, Karla Jang as Eliza, Anthony Malarky as the Interpreter, Thom Marriott as Captain Orton, Jodi-Lynn McFadden as Uncle Thomas, Ian McLennan as Louis Leonowens, Tammy Nera as Topsy, Nicola Pantin as the Fan Dancer , Helen Yu as Lady Thiang, Vienna Poon as Little Eva, Anne Marie Ramos as Tuptim, Eric S. Robertson as Simon of Legree, Wayne Sujo as Prince Chulalongkorn, with Tom Beattie, Lindsay Clarke, Carla Bennett, Michel Faigaux, Julia Fong, Barbara Fulton, Kirk Hansen, Phillip Hughes, Neesa Kenemy, Shara Kim, Nina Negri, Robbie Niño Rementilla, Mike Tracz, Mark Vicente and Wilson Wong; and, as the Royal Princes and Princesses, Cameron Azulay, Jessica Azulay, Winnie Chang, Benjamin Chin-Yee, Olivia Croft, Lauren Hasegawa, Lindsay Hasegawa, Jenna Lee, Kerri Lee, Molly Sayers, Michael Thai Nguyen, John Tuer-Sipos and Axel Villamil. The King and I opens May 27 and continues in repertory to Nov. 9.

For more information, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.