Sunday, September 30, 2012

The King and I at Newport Performing Arts Theater

 The King and I at the 
Newport Performing Arts Theater

Leo was splendid, Monique was classical, everything else grandeur!  Exact to the words as is what you will see, a classical tale of love, music and all else that inspires us from within.  True to its reputation as the primary venue for superb world-class entertainment, the country’s one-stop, non-stop haven for superlative thrills, Resorts World Manila (RWM) offers its third theatre production with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I. The mega-musical shall be staged at the majestic halls of the Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) within RWM’s Newport Mall.

After setting a record-breaking 128 shows for its sophomore offering The Sound Of Music, Resorts World Manila aims to take it up a notch by providing theatre patrons a truly superlative production that features a stellar all-Filipino cast led by inimitable theatre legend Leo Tavarro Valdez, and the beautiful stage great Monique Wilson, who plays King Mongkut  and Anna respectively.

Aside from being staged at the grandest and most state-of-the-art theater in the country, The King and I also boasts of promising new sets of production props; lights, sound, and video technologies; and even the most exquisitely designed wardrobe helmed by no less than Philippine fashion icon Rajo Laurel.

Other notable cast members are Bo Cerrudo and Sheila Valderrama as alternate leads, Tanya Manalang and Lorenz Martinez as the lovers Tuptim and Lun Tha, and the stellar Ms. Gina Respall as Lady Thiang, who reprises her UK role of the same musical.

Fans will surely be enticed by the fresh take of prolific stage authority Direk Freddie Santos on the beloved classic, as he spices up the immortal tale of Anna and the King of Siam, complementing the haunting score courtesy of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar.

Sourced from the 1944 novel by Margaret Landon’s chronicle of Anna Leonowens memoirs, as she was chosen to become governess to King Mongkut of Siam’s many children in the early 1860’s, The King and I tells the travails of a British schoolteacher and her life in a foreign land, marred by conflict and an unexpressed love for the King.

The tale was further popularized by the 1956 movie headlined by legendary actor Yul Brynner and the beautiful Gertrude Lawrence, stamping it as a definitive hit and winning for Brynner the coveted Academy Award the following year.  Later, revivals of the classic musical were also featured in Broadway and the West End.

Resorts World Manila brings to the country this revered romance for the whole family to enjoy, with a gamut of special attractions and a critically-acclaimed cast of thespians that will definitely leave a magical impression to viewers of all ages.

Catch The King And I and be enchanted once again by this boundless romance that has enamored millions all over the world for decades.

Tickets are still on sale at the Resorts World Manila Box Office and all TicketWorld outlets. For more information on The King and I schedules visit or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (632) 836-6333.

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