Paolo Montalban and Kate Baldwin Are The King and I, Starting Tonight in Chicago

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The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical continues through May 22.
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Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban Todd Rosenberg

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's The King and I April 29-May 22 at the Civic Opera House.

The cast is headed by Broadway actors Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban as, respectively, Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam.

The King and I is the fourth Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to be presented as part of Lyric’s American Musical Initiative. Lee Blakeley, who staged the production’s 2014 premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, makes his Lyric directorial debut, teaming up with conductor David Chase and choreographer Peggy Hickey.

The cast also includes Ali Ewoldt (Tuptim), Alan Ariano (The Kralahome), and Rona Figueroa (Lady Thiang), along with Sam Simahk (Lun Tha) and Chicagoland artists Charlie Babbo(Louis Leonowens), Jomar Ferreras (Interpreter), John Lister (Captain Orton), David Parkes (Sir Edward Ramsay), Peter Sipla (Phra Alack) and Matthew Uzarraga (Prince Chulalongkorn).

The all-Chicagoland children’s ensemble comprises Sophie Mieko Ackerman, Alexis Aponte, Lilly Fujioka, Avonlea Hong, Leila Koss, Evangelyn Lee, Liliana Martens, Lucy Martens, Rika Nishikawa, Ana Joy Rowley-Mathews, Benedict Santos Schwegel, A’naam Singh, Zachary Uzarraga and Sophia Woo.

The creative team also includes costume designer Sue Blane, scenic designer Jean-Marc Puissant, lighting designer Rick Fisher, sound designer Mark Grey and chorus master Michael Black.

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