The long-awaited revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I will open at Lincoln Center in the spring of 2015, a production spokesperson confirmed to Broadway.com. The Bridges of Madison County star Kelli O’Hara, who has been linked to the project for years, will likely star.
The four-time Tony nominee recently shared on Broadway.com’s Show People with Paul Wontorek that while nothing had been confirmed, she has some dream Kings she'd want to star opposite, saying, "I think there are some good ideas...exciting ones."
O’Hara garnered Tony nominations for her performances in Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza. Her additional Broadway credits include Dracula, the Musical, Sweet Smell of Success, Follies and Jekyll & Hyde. She also starred in the New York Philharmonic's staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, and will make her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widow as part of its 2014-15 season.
The King and I was last revived on Broadway in 1996, starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. It originally opened on the Great White Way in 1951, with the legendary Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence in the leading roles.