Broadway's 'The King and I' Sets June Closing
The Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival will take its final New York bow this summer, prior to launching a national tour in November.
Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I will close June 26 on Broadway, ending a 15-month run that has grossed $54.5 million to date.
Directed by Bartlett Sher, the show opened at LCT's Vivian Beaumont Theatre to rapturous reviews in April 2015 and remained a strong seller throughout much of its run. But box office has dipped since the departure of Tony-winning original lead Kelli O'Hara in April. With a cast of 50 and a 29-musician orchestra, the production has a higher-than-average weekly running cost, making it far more viable for a nonprofit like LCT than for commercial producers.
Ken Watanabe originally starred opposite O'Hara in the title role, to which he returned briefly earlier this year after an extended hiatus for film projects. Daniel Dae Kim and Marin Mazzie head the current cast, earning strong reviews from critics for their fresh takes on the iconic roles.
The production was nominated for nine Tony Awards last year, winning four. In addition to O'Hara's lead actress trophy, it won for best musical revival, featured actress in a musical (Ruthie Ann Miles) and costume design for a musical (Catherine Zuber).
At a time during which much industry attention has been focused on increased diversity in casting opportunities on Broadway, the revival has provided plum roles for a majority Asian-American troupe for more than a year. The Hollywood Reporter was one of several publications to include the show in its rundown of the best New York theater of 2015.
The national tour of The King and I kicks off in November in Providence, R.I., with subsequent cities and dates to be announced. The Broadway production will have played 538 performances by the time it closes.