Tickets are still available for the first show in the 2017-18 Proctor & Gamble Broadway Series, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, coming to Walton Arts Center Oct. 3-8, 2017 for a limited 8-show engagement.

Single tickets, on sale now, start at $36 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Produced by The Lincoln Center Theater and directed by Bartlett Sher, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. The production delivers on all that audiences expect from a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical including lavish sets, a sweeping story and beloved musical classics, but Sher’s production also includes some new elements too.

“The themes of The King and I that they picked up in 1952 are even more resonate today,” Sher said. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization has all of the early drafts of the musical, and Sher went through those to see where material that had been cut along the road.

“We put them all back into this production,” Sher said. “Themes of traditional cultures struggling with how to change or transform, the education of women in underserved third world context and fundamentally how you actually change a culture from one thing that might seem to be an old way of life to a new way of life.”

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam, played by Jose Llana, and Anna Leonowens, played by Laura Michelle Kelly, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features beloved classics such as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.”

Show Times:
Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 pm
Thursday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 pm and 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 pm
Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 pm
For more information, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.