Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Broadway’s THE KING AND I Starring Jose Llana and Analisa Leaming, Offers Autism-Friendly Performance on April 24

Jose Llana as The King and Analisa Leaming as Anna in LCT's THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnick

Jose Llana as The King and Analisa Leaming as Anna in LCT’s THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnick

Today’s matinee performance at 3:00pm of Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I starring Jose Llana as The King and Analisa Leaming as Anna at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th Street, NYC), completes the fifth season of autism-friendly performances presented by TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI). The other autism-friendly performances of Broadway shows this season are The Lion King (September 27, 2015), Wicked (February 7, 2016) and Aladdin (March 6, 2016).

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“It’s wonderful to complete our fifth season of sold-out autism-friendly shows with Lincoln Center Theater’s fantastic production of this timeless classic,” said TDF’s Director of Accessibility Programs, Lisa Carling. “Each season we send out surveys to the thousands of families with children and adults on the spectrum who attend these performances, asking them what other shows they’d like to attend. The King and I was at the top of the list and we’re thrilled to be able to offer it as the finale to our fifth season.”

Autism Theatre Initiative’s mission is to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. To create an autism-friendly setting, the shows are performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production will include reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. In the theatre lobby there will be staffed quiet areas, if anyone needs to leave their seats during the performance.

For these special performances, TDF purchases every seat in the theatre for sale at discount prices to families whose members include individuals on the autism spectrum.

For more information on Autism Theatre Initiative or to sign up to hear about upcoming autism-friendly performances and on sale dates, go to:

Ruthie Ann Miles. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ruthie Ann Miles. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Winner of four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I boasts a cast of 51 featuring Ruthie Ann Miles (Tony Award winner – Best Featured Actress in a Musical; as Lady Thiang), Ashley Park (as Tuptim), Conrad Ricamora (as Lun Tha), Edward Baker-Duly (as Sir Edward Ramsey), Jon Viktor Corpuz (as Prince Chulalongkorn), Paul Nakauchi (as Kralahome), Marc Oka (as Phra Alack), Rocco Sisto (as Captain Orton), and Nicky Torchia (as Louis).

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.

The production features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (2015 Tony Award), lights by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, and musical direction by Ted Sperling. Andrew Resnick conducts The King and I‘s 29-piece orchestra performing the musical’s original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and its dance and incidental music by Trude Rittman.

The King and I is performed Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), at, or by visiting 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

Lincoln Center Theater is one of New York’s favorite not-for-profit theaters, with productions at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont, Mitzi E. Newhouse, and Claire Tow Theaters, as well as other theaters on and off Broadway, as well as touring productions nationally and around the world, TV and film projects, and original cast recordings. Notable recent productions include the award-winning The Coast of Utopia, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South PacificWar Horse, Other Desert Cities, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In addition to The King and I, LCT is currently producing The Royale at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. LCT3 is Lincoln Center Theater’s programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists and developing new audiences.

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Photos: Celebrating with Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Kelli O’Hara and Company after THE KING AND I’s Special Performance for The Actors Fund 
Q & A with Jose Llana, the new King of Siam in LCT’s Tony Award-Winning Revival of The King and I 
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More 
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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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