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Lincoln Center Theater Announces Additional Casting for Revival of THE KING AND I

RUTHIE ANN MILES, ASHLEY PARK, CONRAD RICAMORA
EDWARD BAKER-DULY, JON VIKTOR CORPUZ, MURPHY GUYER
JAKE LUCAS, PAUL NAKAUCHI, MARC OKA

TO JOIN

KELLI O’HARA and KEN WATANABE

in

LINCOLN CENTER THEATER’S
UPCOMING PRODUCTON OF
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S

THE KING AND I

directed by BARTLETT SHER

ENSEMBLE TO FEATURE:

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, TIMOTHY YANG

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, MARCH 12
OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, APRIL 16
AT THE VIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER

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            Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop, Producing Artistic Director) has announced that Ruthie Ann Miles (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), Murphy Guyer (as Captain Orton), Jake Lucas (as Louis), Paul Nakauchi (as Kralahome), and Marc Oka (as Phra Alack) will be featured in its upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I.  The production, which will feature a cast lead by Kelli O’Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam), will be directed by Bartlett Sher, and will begin previews Thursday, March 12 and open on Thursday, April 16 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

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 DanceI Have Dreamed,and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musicaltells 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. 

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.

Lincoln Center Theater’s production of THE KING AND I will feature choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

            THE KING AND I will have sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder; sound by Scott Lehrer; and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. The production will feature the musical’s original 1951 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett with dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.  Music director Ted Sperling will conduct a 29-piece orchestra.

BARTLETT SHER, Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for his direction of LCT’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.  His other LCT productions include Golden BoyBlood & GiftsWomen on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and GoneAwake and Sing!,and The Light in the Piazza. His other Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County, Prayer for My Enemy, The Butterfly CollectionCymbelineWasteDon Juan,and Pericles.  He directed the operas Il Barbiere di SivigliaLes Contes d’HoffmannLe Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival and La Scala); Mourning Becomes Electra(Seattle Opera and New York City Opera); and Two Boys (Met and ENO).  He was the Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre and was also a Resident Director of Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater.

THE KING AND I will be performed Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday andSaturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Beginning April 21, all Tuesday evening performances will begin at 7pm.  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.

Lincoln Center Theater is grateful to the Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater at LCT for their leading support of this production.  American Express and The Jerome L. Greene Foundation are the major sponsors of THE KING AND I. Generous support is also provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Florence and Robert Kaufman, and The New York Community Trust-Mary P. Oenslager Foundation Fund.

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KELLI O’HARA (Anna Leonowens) returns to Lincoln Center Theater where she was nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza.  Her Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Nice Work if You Can Get It (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Sweet Smell of Success, FolliesDracula, and Jekyll & Hyde.  Off-Broadway: Far From HeavenKing LearBells Are RingingMy Life With Albertine.  Film/TV:  Sex and the City 2,Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva,Blood Brothers, Alexander Hamilton,and “Numb3rs.”Her recordings include Always and Wonders of the World on Ghostlight Records.

 

KEN WATANABE (the King of Siam) will make his American stage debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein The King and I. His Japanese theatre credits include Dialogue with HorowitzHamletShitayamannen-cho monogatariThe Lion in Winter, and The Royal Hunt of the Sun.  For his work in film, Watanabe received Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for The Last Samurai.  His motion picture credits also include InceptionLetters from Iwo JimaMemoirs of a GeishaBatman Begins, and Godzilla.   Watanabe most recently filmed a role in Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees.

RUTHIE ANN MILES (Lady Thiang) recently starred as Imelda Marcos in the critically acclaimed musical Here Lies Love at the Public Theater.  Her previous Off-Broadway credits include Avenue QLove’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater); Two by Two; The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd (York Theatre).  She toured as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and in the production of Anniedirected by Martin Charnin.  Her film credits include Michael and Grand Street.

ASHLEY PARK (Tuptim) appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Off-Broadway at Ars Nova in K-Pop,  and regionally in productions of Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss SaigonThe Sound of Music,and Love Changes Everything  at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

CONRAD RICAMORA (Lun Tha) won a Theatre World Award for his performance in Here Lies Love.  His many regional theater credits include productions at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Plays & Players, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.  He can currently be seen in a recurring role on the TV series “How To Get Away With Murder” and was featured opposite Will Ferrell in the film Talladega Nights.

EDWARD BAKER-DULY (Sir Edward Ramsey) appeared Off-Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher.  His extensive London theater credits include productions with the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, the Menier Chocolate Factory, and on the West End.  His many film and TV credits include “Downton Abbey,” “The Blacklist,” “Royal Pains,” “Yes, Prime Minister,” “Upstairs, Downstairs,” and De-Lovely.

JON VIKTOR CORPUZ (Prince Chulalongkorn) appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatre for a New Audience and in the recent Broadway revival of Godspell.

MURPHY GUYER (Captain Orton) returns to LCT where he appeared in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.  His many Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Glengarry Glen Ross,The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,and The Graduate,as well as productions at Second Stage Theatre, CSC, and Manhattan Theatre Club.  His recent TV appearances include “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “House of Cards,” “Blue Bloods,” “White Collar,” and “24.”

JAKE LUCAS’ (Louis) theater credits include Newsies on Broadway, Far From Heaven Off-Broadway, and the national tour of A Christmas Story.  He’s performed at the Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Billy Budd, Tosca, and Hansel & Gretel,and has sung with the New York Boychoir (of which he is a founding member) and the Connecticut Choral Society.

PAUL NAKAUCHI (Kralahome) appeared on Broadway in The King and I and Chu Chem.  His TV credits include the series “The Legend of Korra,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “e.r.,” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

MARC OKA’s (Phra Alack) appeared in LCT’s production of Anything Goes and on Broadway in Flower Drum Song, Bells Are Ringing, Fosse, and Shogun: The Musical,and in the City Center Encores! production of The Pajama Game.    His film and TV credits include The MuppetsAn American Carol,“Melissa and Joey,” “Mirrors,” and “Cougar Town.”

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