Comes to The Pioneer Center for the Preforming Arts
NETworks Presentations LLC has announced that the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, based on the 2015 Tony Award ® – winning Lincoln Center Theater Production, will make its Reno premiere at the Pioneer Center for 5 performances, January 18-20, 2019 as part of the Broadway Comes to Reno series.
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
In the words of Bartlett Sher, director of the 2015 Broadway production and the first national tour, “Great classics come back to us when we need them the most. In order to live up to the scale of its ambition, we have to go both backward and forward in time. It’s like having one foot in the past as deeply as we can, one foot in the present, and our eyes looking out as far ahead as we can to see how it resonates.”
Tour director Shelley Butler explains,“Now feels like the perfect time to bring forward this powerful story with its depiction of clashing cultures and its journey toward understanding. It is a great pleasure to helm the tour with a dynamic cast of 33 actors, including an array of international company members.”
To purchase tickets, visit www.PioneerCenter.com, call (866) 553-6605, or visit the Pioneer Center box office (MF, 11-6 p.m.).