Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” Comes to Proctors [Berkshire on Stage]

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 (photo: Matthew Murphy)
“The King and I” opens at Proctors on Tuesday (photo: Matthew Murphy)

The national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I will make its Schenectady premiere at Proctors in Schenectady on Tuesday (May 1) running through Sunday (May 6).

Elena Shaddow (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour with Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Charlie Oh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Director Bartlett Sher had this to say about the leads: “Jose was so superb on Broadway in The King and I that I begged him to join us on the tour, and I feel we are incredibly lucky to have him. He brings such joy and virility and strength to the King. And he is one of Broadway’s great talents.

“I don’t think there is anyone in the American Theater who possesses Elena’s rare combination of qualities: a soaring, pure voice and extraordinary acting skill, all held together by uncommon grace. She genuinely lights up the stage. And she is almost born to the part of Anna in The King and I. She has power, a strong will and immense kindness. And she can break your heart onstage. She is all heart and a perfect voice.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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