King Say Show Must Go On Essay

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King Say Show Must Go On When I was a little girl I loved watching one musical on VHS. It was because of this one part, and eventually my VCR ate the tape because I fast-forwarded one time too many. It was the Siamese ballet called “Small House of Uncle Thomas” that sparked my attention. The dancing enthralled me. I loved Poor Little Eva, King Simon, Little Topsy, and Geoooo-rge!. Though it has been said “it wasn’t until they filmed it until they caught the delicacy, humor, and poignancy all at once” (Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theatre, His Dance, pg 47) this paper will discuss the history of The King and I on Broadway. The King and I is one of the most well loved musicals of all time. With musical geniuses Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II writing the score, Jerome Robbins brilliantly choreographing “Small House of Uncle Thomas” and “Shall We Dance?” as well as many other dance sequences. Jo Mielziener was the set and lighting designer, Frederick Dvonch was the musical director, and Irene Sharaff was the costume designer. Richard Rodgers conducted himself. The men who had been considered for the role of the King included: Rex Harrison, Noel Coward, Alfred Drake, and finally Yul Brynner who ended up playing the role on Broadway and in the popular Hollywood film. He got the role because his personality gave him the ability to switch the dramatic focus of the play from Anna to the King. Before The King and I he was an unheard of actor, though thanks to being persuaded to audition by Mary Martin “Brynner's name has since become virtually synonymous with the role of King Mongkut.”( http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/albm38.html) Doretta Morrow played Tuptim, Larry Douglas played Lun Tha, and Dorothy Sarnoff played Lady Thiang. The role of Anna was “conceived by Gertrude Lawrence as a vehicle for her return to the musical stage” and even

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