The King and I at Sunderland Empire
Absolutely fantastic! That is really all I can say about the Lincoln Centre Theatre Production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I", directed by Bartlett Sher.
I had forgotten how many wonderful show-stopping songs were in this famous show. The audience gasped as a ship came onto the stage in the opening scene, dispatching Mrs Anna to the palace of the King of Siam. From that first moment the entire, packed out theatre laughed and cried as we followed the story of the struggle between tradition and modernity. The rumbling undercurrent of the state of world politics in the late 1800s is entwined with the love story of two people from vastly differing backgrounds, as well as young love.
The orchestra made the songs soar, as we all got caught up in timeless classics such as "Hello, Young Lovers", "The March of the Siamese Children", and of course"Shall We Dance", etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!
You couldn't fail to be uplifted. I was honoured to be there, and it will remain in my memory as one of the best theatrical experiences I have had the pleasure to attend.
Well done Sunderland Empire for bringing this epic to the North East.