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THE KING AND I Broadway Revival Cast Recording Starring Tony Award nominees Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles- now available for pre-order, release date on June 2

Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ruthie Ann Miles. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ruthie Ann Miles. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Six-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara (THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, SOUTH PACIFIC) and newly minted Tony Award nominee (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical) and Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe (THE LAST SAMURAI, INCEPTION) star in a glorious new Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved THE KING AND I. Tony winner Bartlett Sher (SOUTH PACIFIC) directs this classic tale of a British schoolteacher’s unexpected relationship with the imperious King of Siam, which opened to raves on April 16th. The brand new cast recording of the production on the Decca Broadway/Universal Music Classics label is now available for pre-order on Amazon, the digital release date is June 2, and it will be in stores on June 9.

Ken Watanabe, Paul Nakauchi, Ashley Park and company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ken Watanabe, Paul Nakauchi, Ashley Park and company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ashley Park and Conrad Ricamora. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ashley Park and Conrad Ricamora. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Here Lies Love stars Ruthie Ann Miles, who has been nominated for a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Conrad Ricamora are featured as Lady Thiang and Lun Tha, respectively. The principal cast also includes Ashley Park (Mamma Mia!) as Tuptim, Edward Baker-Duly (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jon Viktor Corpuz (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Prince Chulalongkorn, Murphy Guyer (South Pacific) as Captain Orton, Jake Lucas (Newsies) as Louis, Paul Nakauchi (Chu Chem) as Kralahome and Marc Oka (Anything Goes) as Phra Alack. The production began preview performances Thursday, March 12, 2015, and opened on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

The King and I has received 9 Tony nominations. In addition to Ken Watanabe (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical), Kelli O’Hara (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical) and Ruthie Ann Miles (Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical), the show is up for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical (Bartlett Sher), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Michael Yeargan), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Catherine Zuber),  Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder) and Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli).

Ruthie Ann Miles and Kelli O'Hara. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ruthie Ann Miles and Kelli O’Hara. Photo by Paul Kolnik

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS AND FUN HOME Lead 2015 Tony Award Nominations with 12 each; Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, Kelli O’Hara, Chita Rivera, Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth, Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren, Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan, Ruth Wilson, K. Todd Freeman, Patricia Clarkson Among the Nominees

Cole Horibe and XIAOCHUAN XIE. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Cole Horibe and XIAOCHUAN XIE. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Jon Viktor Corpuz. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Jon Viktor Corpuz. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Check out what the critics are saying:
“Something wonderful indeed.”
THE NEW YORK TIMESAPRIL 16, 2015

“I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNALAPRIL 16, 2015

“Five stars. Grand and glorious.”
TIME OUT NEW YORKAPRIL 16, 2015

“A landmark production and a shot of purest rapture. I never wanted it to end.”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERAPRIL 16, 2015

“An astonishing achievement. Too beautiful to miss!”
NEW YORK MAGAZINEAPRIL 16, 2015

“Absolutely stunning. Kelli O’Hara is ravishing. Ken Watanabe is powerfully seductive.”
VARIETYAPRIL 16, 2015

“Magnificent. A sweepingly romantic production. How good to be getting to know the show all over again.”
NEWSDAYAPRIL 16, 2015

Click BWW.com to read all the reviews.

Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. Photo by Paul Kolnik

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed,” 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 imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.

Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe and company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Featured in the ensemble of the 51-member cast are Aaron Albano, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Billy Bustamante, LaMae Caparas, Hsin-Ping Chang, Andrew Cheng, Lynn Masako Cheng, Olivia Chun, Ali Ewoldt, Ethan Halford Holder, Cole Horibe, MaryAnn Hu, James Ignacio, Christie Kim, Kelvin Moon Loh, Sumie Maeda, Paul HeeSang Miller, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Kristen Faith Oei, Autumn Ogawa, Yuki Ozeki, Stephanie Jae Park, Diane Phelan, Sam Poon, William Poon, Brian Rivera, Bennyroyce Royon, Lainie Sakakura, Ann Sanders, Ian Saraceni, Atsuhisa Shinomiya, Michiko Takemasa, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Rocco Wu, and Timothy Yang.

The company of THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The company of THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The King and I has performances Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets, priced from $87 to $162, are now available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), at telecharge.com, or by visiting KingandIBroadway.com. A limited number of tickets priced at $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.

The company of THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The company of THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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