PLAYBILL POLL: Who Should Play The King of Siam in 2015 Broadway Revival of The King and I? Readers Respond

The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I will return to Broadway in 2015. With four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara in talks to star in the lead role of Anna Leonowens, we wondered: Who would theatregoers like to see star opposite O'Hara as the King of Siam?



Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter. Their responses follow:

Paolo Montalban

Chuck Willett: Paolo Montalban
Lea Passione: Paolo Montalban
@Dianephelan: @playbill I'm a huge fan of @paolomontalban and Mel Maghuyop. Mel played at Walnut st & brought the house down. melmaghuyop.com/index.html

Montalban made his Broadway debut in the 1996 Broadway revival of The King and I. He has since been seen on Broadway in Pacific Overtures and Breakfast at Tiffany's.  

Paulo Szot
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Alison Loughlin: Paulo Szot!

Acclaimed opera singer Szot made his Broadway debut oppostie Kelli O'Hara in the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific, earning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Daniel Dae Kim

@OliOguma: @playbill Could also see @danieldaekim from LOST & HAWAII FIVE O who played the King at Royal Albert Hall opposite Maria Friedman in 2009

Kim has starred in numerous hit television series, including "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-O." In 2009 he played the King of Siam in a London production at the Royal Albert Hall.

Paul Nakauchi

@Dianephelan: @playbill Lord. And can anyone who has seen @PaulNakauchi1 's KING testify?!

Nakauchi made his Broaday debut in 1989 in Chu Chem. He also understudied the role of The King of Siam in the 1996 Broadway revival of The King and I.

Jose Llana

@Dianephelan: @playbill then again how amazing would it be to see @thejosellana ?! He'd bring Yul's fire & presence to the role + nuance
@Raymondjlee: @playbill @thejosellana as The King.
@CToyJ: @playbill @thejosellana would be an awesome match for @kelliohara
Catherine Uy Huculak: Jose Llana
@SmithAlanna: @playbill I think Jose Llana would be great as The King as it would be a full circle moment after being in the 1996 revival #thekingandi

Llana and his co-stars won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in 2005 for the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  He has also been seen on Broadway in Rent, Street Corner Symphony, Flower Drum Song, Wonderland and the 1996 Broadway revival of The King and I.

James Saito

@LermanRLee: @playbill James Saito for the King!

Saito made his Broadway debut in the 1996 Broadway revival of The King and I. He also starred in the 1998 production of Golden Child.

Raúl Esparza

@Rracheljean: @playbill @RaulEEsparza would be perfect!

Esparza has earned four Tony nominations for his performances in Speed-the-Plow, The Homecoming, Company and Taboo. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the musical Leap of Faith.

Michael Cerveris

@Joaniano: @playbill Michael Cerveris!!!
Gaspar Marino: Michael Cervaris.
Joe Bowman: ‪Michael Cerveris

Cerveris won the 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Assassins. He has also earned four additional Tony nominations for his performances in The Who's Tommy, Sweeney Todd, Lovemusik and the 2012 Broadway revival of Evita.

Hugh Panaro

@HobbitLaura: @playbill I'd love to see Hugh Panaro as the King!

Panaro has starred as both the Phantom and Raoul in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera. He has also been seen on Broadway in the original casts of Side Show, The Red Shoes and Lestat as well as in Harold Prince's revival of Show Boat.