The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Apr. 9, 1951

The King and I (music by Richard Rodgers; book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd; based on Margaret Landon's novel, Anna and the King of Siam; produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein) may not quite be Rodgers & Hammerstein at their best, but it is musicomedy at its most charming. Distance lends enchantment doubly—in time as well as space—to the story of an English widow who went to Siam in the 1860s to act as governess to the King's large brood, and found her most eager, childish and unruly pupil in the King himself.

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