Bartlett Sher Will Direct 2015 Broadway Revival of The King and I

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06 Jun 2014

Bartlett Sher
Bartlett Sher
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Director Bartlett Sher, who earned a Tony Award for the 2008 Lincoln Center Theater Broadway revival of South Pacific, will helm the 2015 Broadway return of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, Playbill.com has confirmed.

President and CEO of Rodgers and Hammerstein Ted Chapin previously announced plans for a Broadway revival of the 1951 musical during a Lyrics & Lyricists event in April.

Exact dates of production have not been announced; however, Lincoln Center Theater is aiming for a spring 2015 Broadway arrival at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Casting will begin later this month.

In addition to South Pacific, Sher has staged the LCT productions of Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Golden Boy and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He was represented on Broadway this season with the new musical The Bridges of Madison County.

In Playbill.com's April 4 Diva Talk column, four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara, who starred The Bridges of Madison County, revealed that she was in talks to star in the revival. Her history with Lincoln Center Theater includes the Sher-directed productions of The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific.

The Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical, based on the life of Anna Leonowens as well as Margaret Landon's 1944 novel "Anna and the King of Siam," includes classics such as "Hello Young Lovers," "I Whistle A Happy Tune," "Shall We Dance?" and "Getting To Know You."

The original production opened March 29, 1951, at the St. James Theatre. It starred Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence and ran for 1,246 performances. The King and I has been revived on Broadway three times; the most recent production starred Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips.