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Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe performed memorable numbers “Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance?” from the Bartlett Sher-directed staging of the 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which nabbed nine nominations, including one for best revival of a musical.
O’Hara’s Anna Leonowens began the performance re-creating the show’s “Getting to Know You” scene, singing to the King of Siam’s many children as she teaches them. The kids then left the stage and, after a brief interlude, the King joined Anna for “Shall We Dance?”
For the latter number, the two were alone onstage. He watched her curiously before the two began dancing together. After a bit of debate about where they should put their hands, the king embraced her and they twirled around the Radio City Music Hall stage before he spun her around to close the performance.
Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, the Broadway-lauding awards show also included a 10th-anniversary celebration of Jersey Boys as well as performances by the casts of Gigi, Finding Neverland, On the Twentieth Century, Something Rotten!, The Visit, It Shoulda Been You, An American in Paris, Fun Home and On the Town.
The broadcast — presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing — aired live on CBS on Sunday night.
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