The King and I: Musical Info & Synopsis


The King and I tells the story of Anna Leonowens, an English schoolteacher who is hired by the King of Siam to educate his many children. As Anna and the king clash over their cultural differences, they gradually develop a deep respect and understanding for each other. The musical explores themes of love, tolerance, and the power of education in bridging divides between cultures.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Cast Size: 40+

Genre: Romantic Drama

Setting: 1800s / Siam (Thailand)

Creative Team

Music: Richard Rodgers

Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1951)➝

Lincoln Center Cast (1964)➝

Studio Cast (1964)➝

Studio Cast (1992)➝

Studio Cast (1994)➝

Broadway Cast (1996)➝

London Cast (2000)➝

Broadway Cast (2015)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1950s, Based on a Book, Child Roles, Classic, Large Cast, PopularRom-DramRoyalty, Theatre, Tony Award

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