PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Winter Time on Walnut Street With King and I Star Mel Maghuyop | Playbill

Photos PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Winter Time on Walnut Street With King and I Star Mel Maghuyop
Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, fresh from his acclaimed performance in Miss Saigon, is back at Philly's historic Walnut Street Theatre starring in The King and I.

He offers an extensive look at the production and his routines around the city. Follow Mel on a rigorous morning workout, meet the cast and staff at WST and embark on a quick day-off trip to NYC.

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Winter Time on Walnut Street With King and I Star Mel Maghuyop

The Walnut Street Theatre, established in 1809, is the oldest theatre in the United States.


Director-choreographer Marc Robin stages the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about a British teacher who brings English lessons (and notions of democracy) to 19th-century Siam. Maghuyop stars as the King of Siam opposite Broadway's Rachel York as Anna.

The famous score of The King and I, which was first sung in 1951 by Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence, includes "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers" and "Shall We Dance?," among others.

The cast of The King and I includes veterans of WST's Miss Saigon: Angelica-Lee Aspiras as Lady Thiang, Jeffrey Coon as Sir Edward Ramsay, Nina Crupiti, Janelle Dote, Adam Michael Kaokept, LaMae, JP Moraga, Manna Nichols as Tuptim and Jee Teo. Walnut veteran Greg Wood (Amadeus, Fallen Angels) returns to the Walnut as Captain Orton. Joining them are newcomers Rei Akazawa, Alan Ariano as The Kralahome, Andrew Cheng, Julian Marcus DeGuzmán, Austin Ku as Lun Tha, Paul HeeSang Miller, Yumiko Niimi, Rommel Pierre O'Choa, Rumi Oyama and Minami Yusui.

The youngest members of the cast are bursting with immerging talent. Noah Breymeier of Garnet Valley, PA is featured as Prince Chulalongkorn and Conrad Sager of Phoenixville, PA is featured as Louis. The King’s many royal children will be played by local child actors including: Giuliana Alleva, Ian Bulack, Kaia Lin Chau, Jessica Halili, Isabella Le, Darlene Leohansson, Samantha Sam and Clarisse Surja of Philadelphia, PA; Marielle Barstow of Jamison, PA; Rachel Li Jordan of West Chester, PA; Aidan Killion and Jade Killion of Penn Valley, PA; Julia Kubo of Darby, PA; Valerie West of Broomall, PA; Ella Hampton of Cherry Hill, NJ; Anna Kralik of Mercerville, NJ; Alyrica Lackey, Johanna Lackey, Lael Lackey, Phoebe Fitzmaurice-Shean of Haddonfield, NJ; Mackenzie Lee of Bryn Mawr, PA; and Jenna Purviance of Woolwich Twp., NJ.

The creative team includes scenic designer Robert Andrew Kovach, lighting designer Paul Black, costume designer Colleen Grady and sound designer Joseph Simon.

Walnut Street Theatre is at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For tickets and information, call (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787 or visit or Ticketmaster.

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