TRUE to its reputation as the primary venue for superb world-class entertainment, the country’s one-stop, non-stop haven for superlative thrills, Resorts World Manila (RWM) is offering its third theater production this September with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King And I.” The mega-musical shall be staged at the majestic halls of the Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) within RWM’s Newport Mall.
After setting a record-breaking 128 shows for its sophomore offering “The Sound Of Music,” Resorts World Manila aims to take it up a notch by providing theatre patrons a truly superlative production that features a stellar all-Filipino cast led by inimitable theatre legend Leo Tavarro Valdez, and the beautiful stage great Monique Wilson, who play King Mongkut and Anna respectively.
Aside from being staged at the grandest and most state-of-the-art theater in the country, The King and I also boasts of promising new sets of production props; lights, sound, and video technologies; and even the most exquisitely designed wardrobe helmed by no less than Philippine fashion icon Rajo Laurel.
Theater goers will surely be enticed by the fresh take of prolific stage authority Direk Freddie Santos on the beloved classic, as he spices up the immortal tale of Anna and the King of Siam, complementing the dreamy scoring courtesy of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar.
Sourced from the 1944 novel by Margaret Landon’s chronicle of Anna Leonowens memoirs, as she was chosen to become governess to King Mongkut of Siam’s many children in the early 1860s, “The King and I” tells the travails of a British schoolteacher and her life in a foreign land, marred by conflict and an unexpressed love for the King.
The tale was further popularized by the 1956 movie headlined by legendary actor Yul Brynner and the beautiful Gertrude Lawrence, stamping it as a definitive hit and winning for Brynner the coveted Academy Award the following year. Later, revivals of the classic musical were also featured in Broadway and the West End.
Tonight, Sept. 15, Resorts World Manila brings to the country this revered romance for the whole family to enjoy, with a gamut of special attractions and a critically-acclaimed cast of thespians that will definitely leave a magical impression to viewers of all ages.
Catch “The King And I” and be enchanted once again by this boundless romance that has enamored millions all over the world for decades.
The “King and I” also features Bo Cerrudo and Sheila Valderrama as alternates for King Mongkut and Anna, Gina Respall and Apple Chui as Lady Thiang, Tanya Manalang and Marian Santiago as Tuptim, and Lorenz Martinez and Floyd Tena as Lun Tha, among others.
For more information on “The King and I” schedules, visit www.rwmanila.com or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (632) 836-6333. (PR)