Over at Lincoln Center, The King and I continues to delight. I’ve always loved this Rogers & Hammerstein score – it still sounds wonderful, and the play is timely. Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles are standouts. I also liked the minimalist stage design, which lets you concentrate on the story, and, I think, makes clearer the many conflicts King Mongkut faced as he tried to modernize his country, and ensure Siam didn’t get colonized like it’s neighbors. Be sure to pick up the “Lincoln Center Theatre Review” in the lobby – it contains a lot of background information (did you know that King Mongkut was a Bhuddist monk for 25 years?) as well as some interesting interviews. I’m really glad I saw this production, which continues through next April.
If you’re looking for something light to eat before you go to the show, I’d recommend grabbing a bite at American Table Cafe and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson. it’s great if you just want a light bite or something heartier, and it’s reasonably priced.