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Lia Chang: Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, Tamara Jenkins, Christine Toy Johnson and Ron Domingo Lead the Cast of Harbor Lights Theater Company’s Production of The King and I, directed by Alan Muraoka, November 2-18, 2012

Harbor Lights Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins and Associate Artistic Director Jay Montgomery, completes the company’s third season of professional Equity theater on Staten Island with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, starring a cast of Broadway veterans and scores of local youth and children.

Alan Muraoka Photo by Lia Chang

Alan Muraoka Photo by Lia Chang

Harbor Lights’ production of THE KING AND I will be directed by Broadway Veteran and long-time “Sesame Street” cast member Alan Muraoka. Mr. Muraoka appeared in the 1996 revival of the show on Broadway. Jerome Robbins legendary choreography will be re-constructed by Andrew Sakaguchi. THE KING AND I is the final show of Harbor Light’s third season as Staten Island’s only professional Equity theater company.

“Harbor Lights is thrilled to produce a classic musical that appeals to audiences of all ages. While the Rogers and Hammerstein’s score is familiar to most people, many may not be aware that the leading lady of the show, Anna Leonowens, lived on Staten Island after teaching the King of Siam’s charges in the late 1800s, “ said Tamara Jenkins, Founder Artistic Director of Harbor Lights. Ms. Jenkins is playing the role of Anna in the show, a role she has played before.

“While we continue to bring Broadway to Staten Island with every show, this final production of our 2012 season also brings Staten Islanders closer to a story of a prominent author and teacher who called Staten Island her home. Whether seeing the show for the first time or enjoying its allure again, we hope that our production of THE KING AND I, as a result of Anna’s Staten Island roots, imparts more meaning and reflection to our Staten Island audience and beyond,“ continued Jenkins.

THE KING AND I was inspired by the memoirs of Anna Harriet Leonowens, the real author and teacher. Anna was hired by King Mongkut of Siam to teach his 67 children at his royal palace in Bangkok. She stayed for several years, leaving Bangkok during the 1860’s and settling in Staten Island. She lived on Tompkins Place for approximately three years. While on Staten Island she ran a private school for girls in West Brighton. Following that she settled in Canada and where she lived until her death in 1914.

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Harbor Lights production of THE KING AND I features Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, who reprises the role of The King of Siam, which he recently played at The Walnut Street Theater Company in Philadelphia. Playing Anna is Tamara Jenkins, Founding Artistic Director of Harbor Lights (Chicago, Les Miserables, Cats), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man, Grease, Chu Chem) plays Lady Thiang. OBIE Award winner and Staten Island resident Ron Domingo (The Romance of Magno Rubio) plays The Kralahome. His daughter Autumn takes the role of Princess Ying Yawolak. Other notable cast members are Jon Viktor Corcuz (Chulalonghorn) from the Godspell cast of 2032.

Tickets on Sale now. Tickets are: Adult $30.00, Student w/valid ID $25.00 and children ages 3 and 17 and Senior (60+) $25.00. Recommended age: 5 and up. The show runs from November 2nd through the 18th at the Music Hall at Historic Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens.

For more information about The Harbor Lights Theater Company and to purchase tickets to the show, visit the website at Box office phone: 866-811-4111.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Broadway Stars Pay Tribute to Alan Muraoka at National Asian American Theatre Co. Gala on September 10, 2012
Christine Toy Johnson to Receive 2012 Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service at Asian American Arts Alliance Gala on October 9, 2012
Mu Performing Arts’ Artistic Director Rick Shiomi takes home Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival: Daryl “Chill” Mitchell Stars in Staged Reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s Internal Bleeding, directed by Denise Burse at the Woodruff Arts Center 14th Street Playhouse on October 6, 2012
Greg Watanabe, Julyana Soelistyo and Jennifer Lim Lead the Cast of Signature Theatre’s Production of David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, October 23-December 2, 2012
Berkeley Rep’s Production Photos of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, Starring Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge, Extends through October 21, 2012
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