to 'The King and I'
You can win two tickets to opening night of the national tour of “The King and I” (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, Saroyan Theatre). And there’s more! The winner also will receive dinner for two at the wonderful Cosmopolitan Tavern & Grill, conveniently located adjacent to the convention center — and free parking for the evening. (Thanks, Cosmo and Broadway in Fresno, for the prizes.)
This acclaimed revival of “The King and I,” which opened on Broadway in 2015, was praised by critics as a fresh and meaningful update of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
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To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question: Have you seen “The King and I,” and, if so, what was your favorite production? (Or you can just tell us why you want to go to the show.) Deadline to enter is noon Saturday, Jan. 12. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.
Tamara Tackett Dent
What a treat to be able to see this production! I have never seen a stage production of The King and I, but was faithfully raised on the original Broadway soundtrack. My mother and I would sing the whole show together, and then start over again. The opening notes immediately bring a smile to my face.
One of my favorite musicals. I always was touched by how this father loved all his children❣️
The only time I have seen The King and I on the stage was my daughter’s middle school production, otherwise Yul Brenner as the King at the movies was the best King.
I’ve only enjoyed the movie, would love to see the show.
I would love to see the King and I because I LOVE watching any Broadway musical, especially one so revered, yet freshly updated. It is supposed to have stunning period costumes!
The king and I is such a Broadway gem. It would be a thrill and such a wonderful experience to get to witness it thanks for this opportunity!
I have never seen this show, and I would love the chance.
I have not seen a broadway production of the King and I but have seen the 1956 film and greatly enjoyed it. I would love to see the characters come to life on the stage.
I would love to see this production. I have seen a Centerstage production years ago, a high school production and the glorious film. This is one of my favorites of the traditional musical theater. I’d be very , very interested in the up-date…there are many lessons in the story that apply to today.
I’ve never seen The King and I but would love to. I have had dinner at Cosmos though.
I have never had the opportunity to see any production of “The King and I.”
However, I want to see it not only because the plot is interesting to me but because I think it is an important show to experience due to the history of the play as well. There is an important message in “The King and I” that you can only experience while watch the production, and to see firsthand how the production continues to succeed with a 21st century audience.
The Yul Brenner version is a classic i seem to remember a GCP version of this years ago? Alao the non musical version is on cable a.lot.
We saw the Good Company Players production. Very good!
I barely remember my first time seeing a national tour of it at Kenley Players in Ohio in the 1960’s – I was only anout 6 or 7. It might have had Yul Brynner, and Anne Blythe as Anna. I’ve seen the Deborah Kerr and Jodie Foster films, too. This is an amazing show and I would love to see it live again.
We have not seen a live production of this but would love to as we have enjoyed the film.
I’ve only been to one production of The King And I at Roger Rockas! It was when George Akina played the King
Would love to see the King and I
I have never seen a live production
I absolutely love the music from this show but have not yet had the pleasure of seeing this show live.
I saw the King and I, YEARS ago, at College of Sequoais. Would love to see it again!
I’ve never seen the King and I, but have always wanted to! Musicals are good for the soul!!
I have never seen the Broadway production but would absolutely love to. I have seen both the old and newer version of the movie and just LOVE it. I would be very excited to win tickets.
1980, London: I’ll never forget sitting in the Royal Box, watching Yul Brenner play to two 27 year-olds who picked up rush tickets, promising that we had nice clothes with us if the box office could find us seats! What a thrill!
I have never seen the King and I ….but I would love to see it with my daughter who acts in her high school drama program! 😊
I LOVE the movie and would be thrilled to have this opportunity!!!
I’ve only ever seen the movie version. Exciting to see it live!
Love love the King and I movie. I have not had the opportunity to see the Broadway Production. Musicals are my favorite!!!! Hopefully I would be able to go.
Saw a “light opera” production in southern California and of course the movie. The local theater brings a special energy that I imagine will be amplified by the touring show.
I saw this for the first time as a little girl
On Broadway with Yul Brynner. (yes! I am that old). It was incredible magic and majesty
I haven’t seen The King and I so it would be fun to watch!
I moved to Fresno in 2001 from London. Don’t ask!! We once chatted way back online about the necessity in Fresno for an arthouse cinema. My theory being that audiences were looking for more intelligent entertainment if it was available locally.
Now after 18 years here modern cinema is a vast Mcdonalds conveyer belt of colors, sounds and shapes. Art, it seems, is hiding in the big cities!
Anyway, i digress. The King and I is a masterful piece of musical entertainment. And a tonic to the everyday and banal and i would love to take my wife to see it. She is the jolly one of the two of us. She is My Fair Lady, whereas i am David Lynch and existential angst. Regards Carl
I’m a total romantic! “The King and I” is one of my favorite musicals! I saw the 1956 Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr movie on the big screen, and immediately went out and bought the Roger/Hammerstein score. After 50+ years, the pages are slightly tattered, but I can still sing along!
This new production looks beautiful. I’ve seen it a few times locally, but a newer take would be nice to see.
I have only seen the movie version. As a youth theater director it should probably be required to see a live version! Help a girl out! 🙂
I have never seen this production live, but boy will I tell you how much I would enjoy it. I am a sucker for live productions. It fuels my being! I have seen the move long, long ago. I have very little recollection of it, however remember such a pleasant and warm feeling that I had. I absolutely adore musicals and it would be a true honor to win tickets to see this one.
Haven’t seen it, would love to!
One of the best Broadway Musicals !
I saw the latest production in New York. Blew me away. So beautiful
Saw the NY production. Out of this world!
Love the music – never have seen the stage production- have seen the movie ! Loved it! Need to see this production!!! Hugs
I saw the movie when I was twelve, and at the best age to appreciate the costumes, music, and romance. I also remember clearly being in total disbelief that one man would have all of those wives completely subservient to him. Always the feminist. It has great music and I love theatre, so it would be a treat to see it here.
I have only seen the Yul Brenner and Deborah Kerr movie version. Love that music! I would love to see the theater production.
Love this show one of my favorites! GCP’s production a few years ago was outstanding.
As a kid too many years ago I saw The King and I at the Music Center in Los Angeles. I remember being awestruck by the production and falling in love with the king. I would live to see it with the perspective of an adult
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but the fact is that I’ve never been to the Saroyan (!). And yet I call myself a theatre lover! (Well, they don’t exactly do my kind of show there.)
What’s more, I’m teaching a unit this Spring on Oscar Hammerstein (like, Show Boat to Carmen Jones), so seeing this newer iteration would no doubt be helpful.
And third, those little kids are always so adorable!
I saw the musical in Los Angeles with Yul Brynner and was touched by the magic! Would love to see a new version! Thank you.
A classic–would love to see it on stage.
One of my all time favorite musical movies in youth; love all the songs, and Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner dancing and “duking it out” in their conversations and solos!! Would love to see the stage production to reminisce with the joyous message and music. Thanks for your blog that keeps us posted on the arts, music and interesting opportunities to extend our horizons in the valley.