The King and I Miami Tickets
The King and I
The King and I is a musical set in the 1860s and directed by Bartlett Sher (South Pacific). It tells the story of Anna, a widowed schoolteacher from Wales, who travels to Siam (now Thailand) to tutor the King's many wives and children. Her effect on the kingdom and the kingdom's effect on her—including the powerful connection she and the King forge—are the basis of this beautiful musical.
A classic by Rodgers & Hammerstein, this 1952 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on Anna and the King of Siam, a 1944 novel by Margaret Landon. Landon’s fictional novel is a reimagination of Anna Leonowen’s memoirs, The English Governess at the Siamese Court.
The original Broadway production of The King and I opened at the St. James Theater in March of 1951. The show had an initial budget of $250,000. At the time, that was the most expensive Rodgers & Hammerstein musical ever made.
The Adrienne Arsht Center is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Center opened in 2006 and was designed by Cesar Pelli, a world-renowned architect.
The Arsht Center has eight diverse, state-of-the-art performance spaces, enabling it to present hundreds of diverse events every year. Its venues include the Ziff Ballet Opera House (where The King and I performs), the Carnival Studio Theater and John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.
The Ziff Ballet Opera House has 2,400 seats and hosts the finest operas, musicals and nontraditional theatrical productions from around the world. It also serves as the Miami home for the Miami City Ballet and the Florida Grand Opera, two resident companies of the Arsht Center.
Rodgers & Hammerstein didn’t come up with the idea for the musical themselves. The idea was actually proposed by Fanny Holtzmann, a pioneering female lawyer in the motion picture and theater industry. Holtzmann saw a musical adaptation of Landon’s novel as the perfect vehicle to revive the declining career of one of her clients.
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