The King and I spreads its appeal

August 3, 2014

Latest news, Theatre

Closed caption performances

announced in two major venues

OPERA Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost have announced audio described and closed captioned performances of The King and I will be held in both Melbourne and Sydney.The King and I image

The first closed caption performance is at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre next Friday evening August 8. The Sydney Opera House will host an audio described matinee performance on Wednesday September 24 followed by a closed caption matinee performance on Tuesday October 21.

These performances are designed to provide access to those with visual and audio impairments. Patrons will be able to access live captions on a mobile or tablet device via the GoTheatrical app downloaded from GooglePlay or The App Store.

Nominated for 10 Helpmann Awards The King and I is touring nationally with the first lady of Australian musical theatre Lisa McCune and internationally acclaimed actor Lou Diamond Phillips as the King of Siam for the Melbourne season. Lisa McCune will be joined by acclaimed opera sensation Teddy Tahu Rhodes for the Sydney season.

Don’t miss this legendary production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. A triple crown award winner: The Tony, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle for Best Musical Revival, this dazzling show is a lavish and triumphant fresh new look at a time-honoured classic.

Hailed as `The most ravishing show you may ever see' when it opened on Broadway in 1996, this multi-award winning production of The King and I, was created in Australia and then conquered Broadway and London before touring the US and the UK. It is a story of love and joy, set to one of the most glorious, unforgettable scores ever written, including Shall We Dance, I Whistle A Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, Getting To Know You, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.

For decades, The King and I captivated millions with its delightful story of Anna Leonowens, brought to the court of Siam as tutor to the King’s children. This is a dazzling musical celebration, a sumptuous production with stunning scenery and magnificent costumes, definitely an event not to be missed.


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