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The King And I / 1964 Lincoln Center Cast Recording


Release Date: 05/19/2009 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 50134  
Composer:  Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Risë StevensDarren McgavinLee VenoraFrank Porretta,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

* The King and I - The 1964 Music Theater of Lincoln Center revival recording!
* Richard Rodgers oversaw this production, which stars Risë Stevens and TV perennial Darren McGavin.
* Includes the first complete version of the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" ballet sequence.


The King and I, one of the most appealing, tender and completely delightful musicals by the unparalleled collaborators Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, was the ideal choice as the first production of the Music Theater of Lincoln Center.

Based on Margaret Landon’s best-selling novel Anna and the King of Siam, the musical, first produced in 1951, tells the story of Anna Leonowens, an attractive mid-Victorian English
Read more widow, who has come to Bangkok at the request of the King of Siam to tutor his 67 children and palace of many wives through exposure to Western culture.

This 1964 production starred international opera singer Risë Stevens as Anna and Darren McGavin as the King. Others in the great cast include Lee Venora, Patricia Neway and Frank Porretta.

Risë Stevens, a Juilliard graduate, had established herself with many outstanding performances including that of Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and she later became the Met's leading mezzo-soprano. She sang with an equal commitment to beauty and excellence in serious opera, Hollywood film scores and Broadway musicals.

Darren McGavin, best known to TV viewers for his role in the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and his delightful portrayal as the grumpy Hoosier Dad and in the Jean Shepard classic film A Christmas Story, also appeared on Broadway stages in several noted productions including this one before returning more heavily into film and TV. His portrayal of the King of Siam is regal and commanding.

On the delightful bonus tracks, offered only on this CD there are performances of some of the memorable songs from this musical sung by Dinah Shore, Robert Merrill and Richard Kiley. The bonus tracks were actually recorded a few days before the show’s 1951 premiere at the St James Theater. Dinah Shore’s “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” Robert Merrill’s “A Puzzlement” and the version of “I Have Dreamed” that partners Patrice Munsel and Tony Martin come from an RCA Victor studio recording with Al Goodman and Henri Rene conducting. Shore and Martin were top-selling pop singers, and Munsel and Merriill crossed over from the opera stage. Their performances are a souvenir of another era, when Broadway musicals were the source of top-40 pop hits. Richard Kiley’s bonus tracks come from the singer/actor’s 1959 RCA Victor studio recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, recorded in the wake of Kiley’s Tony Award winning performance in Redhead.

These bonus tracks, all cover versions, present arrangements that are fascinatingly different from the great songs within the context of the original show. Being pop arrangements, they were designed to appeal to casual listeners yet they also remain a part of the pop-culture legacy of The King and I.

- Excerpted and based on the liner notes.

The King and I - Music Theater of Lincoln Center revival recording.
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein.
Principal cast includes: Risë Stevens, Darren McGavin, Lee Venora, Frank Porretta, and Patricia Neway.
Franz Allers, conductor.

Bonus tracks include tracks by Richard Kiley, Dinah Shore and Robert Merrill.
Recorded 1964, in the Music Theater of Lincoln Center, New York, NY.
Directed by: Edward M. Greenberg.

Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett Tracks:
Act I:
1. The King and I - Overture / Franz Allers
2. I Whistle A Happy Tune / Risë Stevens; James Harvey
3. My Lord And Master / Lee Venora
4. Hello, Young Lovers / Risë Stevens
5. March Of The Siamese Children / Franz Allers
6. A Puzzlement / Darren McGavin
7. Getting To Know You / Risë Stevens
8. We Kiss In A Shadow / Lee Venora; Frank Porretta
9. Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You? / Risë Stevens
10. Something Wonderful / Patricia Neway
Act II:v 11. Western People Funny / Patricia Neway
12. I Have Dreamed / Lee Venora;Frank Porretta
13. The Small House Of Uncle Thomas / Lee Venora
14. Shall We Dance? / Risë Stevens;Darren McGavin
15. Something Wonderful (reprise)
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Works on This Recording

1. The King and I by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Risë Stevens (Mezzo Soprano), Darren Mcgavin (Voice), Lee Venora (Soprano),
Frank Porretta (Voice), Patricia Neway (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Notes: 
Bonus tracks:
 
2. The King and I: Getting to Know You by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Richard Kiley (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
3. The King and I: Hello, young lovers by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Richard Kiley (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
4. The King and I: A Puzzlement by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
5. The King and I: I have dreamed by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Tony Martin (Voice), Patrice Munsel (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
6. The King and I: I Whistle a Happy Tune by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Dinah Shore (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 

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