Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Photos and Video: Daniel Dae Kim and Marin Mazzie in Lincoln Center Theater’s THE KING AND I

Three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim are currently leading the cast of the Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim. 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).

Marin Mazzie & Company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Marin Mazzie & Company. 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.

Daniel Dae Kim. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Daniel Dae Kim. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Marin Mazzie & Company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Marin Mazzie & Company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Marin Mazzie. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Marin Mazzie. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Daniel Dae Kim. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Daniel Dae Kim. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim. Photo by Paul Kolnik

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 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.

DANIEL DAE KIM starred as the King of Siam opposite Maria Friedman’s Anna Leonowens in a critically-acclaimed production of The King and I at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Best known for his starring roles on the hit television series “LOST” and “Hawaii Five-0,” his film credits include roles in The Jackal, For the Love of the Game, The Hulk, Spider-Man 2, The Cave, Crash, and The Divergent Series: Insurgent andAllegiant. In addition to his onscreen presence, Kim’s production company 3AD, has a first-look development deal with CBS Television Studios to produce original content for both film and television, the first of its kind with an Asian American actor. Born in Korea and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Mr. Kim earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. His many honors include a shared 2006 SAG Award for Best Ensemble for “Lost.” Daniel is on Twitter and Instagram @danieldaekim and on Facebook.

MARIN MAZZIE was nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in Kiss Me, Kate (Outer Critics Circle Award), Ragtime (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), and Passion. Her other Broadway credits include Bullets Over Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award), Next to Normal (opposite husband, Jason Danieley), Enron, Spamalot, Man of La Mancha, Into The Woods, and Big River. She also starred in the West End productions of Kiss Me, Kate (Olivier nomination) and Spamalot. Encores!: Zorba, Kismet, and Out Of This World. Off-Broadway: Carrie (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, The Trojan Women, and The World Goes ‘Round (also national tour). TV: “The Big C,” “Smash,” “Without a Trace,” “Still Standing,” “Numb3rs,” “Jake in Progress,” “Stacked,” “Ring Them Bells! A Tribute to Kander & Ebb,” “Sondheim: The Birthday Concert,” “Camelot,” “My Favorite Broadway: ‘The Leading Ladies’ & ‘The Love Songs’,” and “The Boston Pops’ Tribute to Jerry Herman.” Marin has been heard in many of the country’s major symphony halls, cabaret and concert venues. MARIN MAZZIE: MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Live at 54 Below is available on Broadway Records.

Marin Mazzie Joins Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award- winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I as Anna on May 3 
Broadway’s ‘The King and I’ Will Feature a Succession of Kings- Ken Watanabe Returns (Mar. 17 – Apr. 17), Jose Llana (Apr. 19- May 1), and Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim (May 3 – Jun. 26)

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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 Playbill.com.

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