Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly Lead THE KING AND I at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, April 26-30

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana. Photo by @kspimages
Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana. Photo by @kspimages

Jose Llana (King of Siam) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) are leading the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Tony Award winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC. Llana starred in the recent revival at Lincoln Center Theater.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The cast features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

From April 26th – 30th, The King and I will play the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers, FL.  33919.

Tickets are $33-$102.

For more information, call 481-4849 or visit bbmannpah.com.

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Multi-week and single week engagements will continue throughout the 2017 touring season and beyond. Check out the complete schedule at www.thekinganditour.com.

Jose Llana, Laura Michelle Kelly and director Bartlett Sher. Photo by KSP Images
Jose Llana, Laura Michelle Kelly and director Bartlett Sher. Photo by KSP Images

Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the PiazzaTHE KING AND I features sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

The ensemble includes Heather Botts, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Daniel Johnson, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Mindy Lai, Darren Lee, Q Lim, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Marcus Shane, Sam Simahk, Michiko Takemasa, Jeoffrey Watson and Kelli Youngman, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Rylie Sickles, Rhyees Stump, Noah Toledo and CJ Uy as the Royal Children.

What the critics are saying:

“’King and I’ reminds us why musicals exist” STAR TRIBUNE

“’The King and I’ is a royal delight.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

“Exceptional cast. This production is a joy.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Nothing is less than outstanding – not one second.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

“I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.” TERRY TEACHOUT, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“A landmark production and a shot of purest rapture. I never wanted it to end.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“An astonishing achievement. Too beautiful to miss!” NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“If Rodgers and Hammerstein had dreamed up a dream cast for their classic 19th-century musical, it would be the ensemble that opened the national tour this week at the Providence Performing Arts Center.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and the Royal Children of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and the Royal Children of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that 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 modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

For more information including the 2017 touring schedule, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Laura Michelle Kelly, Baylen Thomas and Graham Montgomery in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly, Baylen Thomas and Graham Montgomery in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

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Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Check out THE KING AND I in a city near you:

  • Tampa, FL
    Straz Center
    05/02/17 – 05/07/17
  • Miami, FL
    Arsht Center
    05/09/17 – 05/14/17
  • Hartford, CT
    The Bushnell
    05/30/17 – 06/04/17
  • Durham, NC
    Durham Performing Arts Center
    06/06/17 – 06/11/17
  • Chicago, IL
    Oriental Theatre
    06/14/17 – 07/09/17
  • Charlotte, NC
    Blumenthal
    07/11/17 – 07/16/17
  • Washington, DC
    Kennedy Center Opera House
    07/18/17 – 08/20/17
  • Greenville, SC
    Peace Center
    08/22/17 – 08/27/17
  • Orlando, FL
    Dr. Phillips Center
    09/12/17 – 09/17/17
  • Memphis, TN
    Orpheum
    09/19/17 – 09/24/17
  • Fayetteville, AR
    Walton Arts Center
    10/03/17 – 10/08/17
  • Atlanta, GA
    The Fox
    09/26/17 – 10/17/17
  • San Antonio, TX
    Majestic
    10/17/17 – 10/22/17
  • Las Vegas, NV
    The Smith Center
    10/25/17 – 10/29/17
  • New Orleans, LA
    Saenger
    11/14/17 – 11/19/17
  • Austin, TX
    Bass Concert Hall
    12/12/17 – 12/17/17
  • Denver, CO
    Denver Center
    01/02/18 – 01/14/18
  • Appleton, WI
    Fox Cities PAC
    01/23/18 – 01/28/18
  • Costa Mesa, CA
    Saegerstrom Hall
    02/27/18 – 03/11/18
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • San Diego, CA
    Civic Center
    06/25/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18
  • Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
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 Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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