Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical The King and I will go to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in 2014. Lisa McCune will play Anna Leonowens in the Tony Award-winning Australian production, which is being revived next year by John Frost and Opera Australia. The King of Siam will be played by Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Brisbane and Sydney, and by Jason Scott Lee in Melbourne. The King and I also stars Chinese-born Australian opera singer Shu-Cheen Yu as Lady Thiang and Adrian Li Donni as Lun Tha, and is directed by Christopher Renshaw, with scenic design by Brian Thomson, costumes by Roger Kirk and lighting by Nigel Levings.
Young soprano Jenny Liu will play the slave girl Tuptim, a gift to the King from the ruler of Burma, and in the roles of British Diplomat Sir Edward Ramsey and Captain Orton will be John Adam (The School For Wives, Frost/Nixon).
The ensemble performers will include Bianca Baykara, William Centurian, Jade Coutts, Teresa Duddy, Vivien Emsworth, Elle Evangelista, Carolyn Ferrie, Chris Fung, Kiana Gallop-Angeles, Ella Jarman, Patrick Jeremy, Leah Lim, Anna McGrath, Seann Matthew Moore, Matthew Nguyen, Rip-Van Parks, Alexis Pedraza-Sampang, Hayanah Pickering, Marcus Rivera, Michelle Rozario, Ariya Sawadivong, Victor Siharath, Nicholas Sopelario and Yong Ying Woo.
The King and I opens in Brisbane at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in April 2014, then moves to the Princess Theatre, Melbourne in June, followed by a Sydney season at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House in September.