The King and I | Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The King and I The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 2 2017

Based on the most recent Broadway revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1951 musical, this Equity touring production offers visual beauty, fine dancing, gorgeous voices, and ethnically sensitive casting (Asian roles played by actors of Asian descent). What it lacks, though, is crucial: a properly explosive relationship between the leads. Laura Michelle Kelly has all the vocal power she needs as Anna Leonowens, a real-life Englishwoman who taught in the court of the King of Siam from 1862 to 1868. But her manner is staid and her tensions with the king tend to come off as teacher's-lounge gripes. Jose Llana's King, meanwhile, never conveys a sense of how very, very dangerous an absolute monarch—even one who wants to westernize his country—can be. Their relationship fails to catch fire pedagogically, much less romantically. —Tony Adler

Price: $24-$90


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