National Tour of The King and I Launches November 9 | Playbill

National Tour News National Tour of The King and I Launches November 9
The non-Equity tour begins at the Wilson Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Angela Baumgardner and Pedro Ka'awaloa
Angela Baumgardner and Pedro Ka'awaloa
The non-Equity tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I—based on the 2015 Tony–winning Lincoln Center Theater production—launches November 9 at the Wilson Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Angela Baumgardner plays Anna Leonowens and Pedro Ka'awaloa plays the King of Siam, with DeAnna Choi as Lady Thiang, Bern Tan as Kralahome, Paulina Yeung as Tuptim, Dongwoo Kang as Lun Tha, Timothy Matthew Flores as Prince Chulalongkorn, Hayden Bercy as Louis Leonowens, and Stanton Morales as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

The ensemble includes Catrina Teruel Clark, Raymond Dimaano, Atsushi Eda, Cj Fernando, Jenna Ho, Masumi Iwai, Anjali Kanter, Akina Kitazawa, Keiji Kubo, Kylie Kuioka, Catherine Landeta, Jee Heng Liao, Linder Sutton, Tsubasa Ogawa, Soraya Patoonsittichai, Trevor Roderick, Richel Mari Ruiz, Pepita Salim, Annie Sherman, Kayla Rachel Teruel, Matheus Ting, Hiroko Uchino, Dax Valdes, and Eliot Waldvogel.

Tony–winning director Bartlett Sher was reunited for The King and I with the award-winning creative team from the Lincoln Center Theater productions of South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza.

This new tour includes direction by Shelley Butler, based on Sher’s original direction, with sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lights by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Ted Sperling, and casting by Jason Styres, CSA. Choreography is by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli, based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins. The production features the musical’s original 1951 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennet with dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.

Tour director Butler said in an earlier statement, “Now feels like the perfect time to bring forward this powerful story with its depiction of clashing cultures and its journey toward understanding. It is a great pleasure to helm the tour with a dynamic cast of 33 actors, including an array of international company members. It is an honor and a privilege to continue the vision of Bartlett Sher and the brilliant Lincoln Center Theater creative team.”

For more information, including the 2018–2019 touring schedule, visit

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(Updated November 9, 2018)

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