Opera House presents Broadway’s acclaimed ‘The King and I’

Submitted Photo “The King and I” comes to the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” comes to the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Thursday at 7 p.m., in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium Theatre.

Making their West End debuts, Broadway’s “undisputed Queen” (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara reprises her Tony Award-winning performance as Anna Leonowens alongside Tony- and Oscar-nominated Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam. Also returning to her Tony Award-winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, this beloved musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to teach his many wives and children.

Boasting one of the finest scores ever written including “Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You” and “Shall we Dance,” and featuring a company of more than 50 world-class performers, “The King and I” is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre — it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

Nominated for nine 2015 Tony Awards, the show won in four categories, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Costume Design and performance awards for O’Hara and Miles.

Tickets to “The King and I” are $15 ($10 Students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized with assistive listening headsets for the deaf and hearing impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

This performance is part of the Opera House’s Live in HD series of events, which is made possible, in part, with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Arts Services Initiative of WNY’s Give for Greatness program.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.

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