KING & I – Oriental Theater – 24 W Randolph St., Chicago, (312) 977-1700 broadwayinchicago.com Oriental Theater is one of the most ornate theaters around. Many of the Play houses in Chicago are really old movie theaters converted to Play houses.
Anna is a widowed British schoolteacher brought to Siam to tutor the King’s many children. When she arrives, though she enjoys an instant connection to the students, she struggles with cultural differences and with the headstrong King. Through her kindness and persistence, Anna eventually connects with the King, helping to fuel mutual feelings of social understanding and cultural acceptance and openness.
Q-tips say: See it! Sometimes with remakes, you wonder if it would be as good as the original. Well this production is really good. Great acting, singing by all. Great sets, choreography, etc. The main characters were strong and had made this play great with “facial expressions” ( yes, we were close enough to see facial expressions) which added to the play. The King had a way to make the audience laugh. See it.
Afterward the Q’s went to Shaw’s Crabhouse for dinner – see review under Restaurants – Chicago.