The King and I
Directed by Walter Lang. US. 1956. G. 133 minutes. Fox. Digital.
Sun., August 16, 2015
The King and I is one of the most beloved movie musicals of all time, winning five Oscars including Best Actor for Yul Brynner’s unforgettable turn as the King. Also a winner for both Art Direction and Costume Design, the film is breathtakingly beautiful. Based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam, this story of an English widow (perfectly played by a luminous Deborah Kerr) who travels to Siam to be governess to the royal children is at once amusing, provocative, heartwarming and heartbreaking. The glorious Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes “Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance.” The current revival of the show at Lincoln Center is one of the hottest tickets in New York but you can enjoy an equally rewarding experience by joining me for the Colonial’s first-ever screening of this classic film, one of my all-time favorites. I can’t wait and I hope to see you there! (Mike Lemon)