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The King and I

  • Eisenhower Auditorium The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 (map)

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State University presents the “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, THE KING AND I.

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I , based on the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater production that was the winner of four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical, is now thrilling audiences in cities across the country!

Bartlett Sher was reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. The creative team for this new production includes direction by Shelly Butler, based on Bartlett Sher’s original direction, featuring sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.” ——

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by phoning 1-800-ARTS-TIX/814-863-0255). Limited complementary tickets may be available for patrons with sightloss and an escort; phone Joi McKensie at at the CPA box office, 814-865-5011, to inquire.

Reservations are also necessary for the AD service; please contact the SLSG office ( or phone 814-238-0132) by March 13. Please arrive by 7 pm to obtain your equipment and to listen to valuable pre-show information.

THE KING AND I’s running time is approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

Earlier Event: February 24
Beautiful, the Carole King Musical
Later Event: May 9
Boal Museum Tour and Cookout