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(Vocal Selections). Features 9 fantastic songs from this perennial favorite, plus color photos! Includes: Getting to Know You * Hello, Young Lovers * I Have Dreamed * I Whistle a Happy Tune * The March of the Siamese Children * My Lord and Master * Shall We Dance? * Something Wonderful * We Kiss in a Shadow.


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(Vocal Selections). Features 9 fantastic songs from this perennial favorite, plus color photos! Includes: Getting to Know You * Hello, Young Lovers * I Have Dreamed * I Whistle a Happy Tune * The March of the Siamese Children * My Lord and Master * Shall We Dance? * Something Wonderful * We Kiss in a Shadow.

30 review for The King and I: Vocal Selections - Souvenir Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Realini

    The King and I, based on the book by Margaret Landon, screenplay by Ernest Lehman Seven out of 10 The story of the British governess who travels to work at the court of the king of Siam, approximately the country of Thailand today, has seen a couple of other adaptations for the big screen, apart from the play. Anna and the king of Siam is reviewed here: http://realini.blogspot.com/2017/08/n... The film with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr has been so acclaimed that it received five Academy Awards, 2 Go The King and I, based on the book by Margaret Landon, screenplay by Ernest Lehman Seven out of 10 The story of the British governess who travels to work at the court of the king of Siam, approximately the country of Thailand today, has seen a couple of other adaptations for the big screen, apart from the play. Anna and the king of Siam is reviewed here: http://realini.blogspot.com/2017/08/n... The film with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr has been so acclaimed that it received five Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes and other prizes. Interestingly, if the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading role went to Yul Brynner for his interesting, rather outré performance as the King of Siam, the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Deborah Kerr, the two most popular festivities appreciating different combatants in the Siam War. Deborah Kerr is Anna Leonowens, a brave, educated, determined, proud, emotionally intelligent, astute, resilient, kind, generous, role model widow that lands in Bangkok, after the middle of the nineteenth century, where the prime minister meets her. This is a half-naked man though, for customs are very different here, often the opposite of what westerners would apply, as the woman would soon learn, very often to her dismay, although she would come to love most of the people she would meet. When they reach the palace, Anna and her son, Louis, have to wait for a long time to be received by the young, rambunctious monarch, who is portrayed by Yul Brynner, winner of the Oscar for an original, creative, outlandish role of a sovereign who keeps saying “Ha”! Moreover, he wants to be scientific and his household to be educated in the Western manner…up to a point Lord Copper For this reason, he had hired the heroine, he complains that the sum paid is exorbitant, although this is in jest at times – this monarch is rather playful, although also quick to become irate, acting like a child – the governess would tell Louis at one moment that the sovereign is somehow as young as the son is. When the King of Siam talks with the British woman, he is offensive to begin with, due in part to the difference of culture, but mostly he is used with treating everyone as inferior, seeing as his position is one of absolute ruler, whatever he wants he gets without opposition or complaint and that would be a strain in the communication with the eminent woman. He asks her how old is she and the answer is one hundred and fifty – this is from the beginning of their exchanges a forewarning and a measure of an intense, often conflictual, but gradually friendlier, warm, estimable, finally loving relationship between intelligent, gifted, superior, resilient, vivacious and outstanding human beings. The King wants progress for his country, has to fight formidable adversaries that are intent on subjecting his land, loyal to Siam, but at the same time capricious, used with cruelty, his new friend has to stop him when he wants to flog a slave that loves someone else, albeit she is a member of his harem. This monarch has more than one hundred children, but as he points out to foreign ambassadors and envoys who are startled to hear it, this is just because he is new in his position…otherwise we would probably talk about upwards of one thousand… When he learns about the American Civil War, he is intrigued by it, his appointed heir is wondering why would want to free slaves, and when the sovereign learns more about Abraham Lincoln and the similitudes they share – both leaders are interested in educating and bettering themselves – he wants to help. With the help of his British consigliere – this is just a joke, he does not want and does not heed advice, not officially anyway – the Siamese monarch writes to the American leader and thinks that some elephants would greatly improve his standing in the war – indeed, when he first learns about the absence of the majestic beasts he is surprised they are not used in the Civil War. At one stage, Siam is in a very dangerous, difficult position, with the Western powers interested in conquering it, advancing the proposal that his majesty is a barbarian anyway and he needs advice, even if his excessive pride, the position of absolute power and the presumption associated with it that he knows everything and has the best solution always. Awkwardly, this is the law in Thailand today, where anyone questioning the monarch, even remotely suggesting that they are not the best humans can face stiff prison sentences for lese majeste, in what looks like a retrograde, absurd, medieval instrument of punishment for those who wish to think freely and enjoy democracy…but then a junta rules Siam in the present, making the case for liberty, human rights ever more hopeless. Cunningly, his majesty is looking for advice from the woman is now a friend, even if they keep that somewhat secret, indirectly, by asking her to guess what he is ready to do to convince the Europeans that he is not a barbaric sovereign and when she explains that, he continues and prompts her to guess what he would do next, finally, convincing the Western diplomats that he is both modern and rather outlandish. The King loves to read and study, albeit he is intrigued by the statement of the bible, especially the figure of Moses interests him, and the contradiction with what science purports, that it took ages to create the world, whereas God is supposed to have finished it in six, let us say seven days. However, Anna Leonowens has a wise, philosophical and spiritual answer to this – it does not matter how long it took, it is a miracle nevertheless – and the king writes cards with subjects to approach at the special dinner, where foreign dignitaries are invited and takes the answer and uses it to impress his honored guests. The New York Times has included this musical drama on its list of Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made: https://www.listchallenges.com/new-yo...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mari McR

    One of Richard Rodgers's and Oscar Hammerstein's majestic collaborations! One of Richard Rodgers's and Oscar Hammerstein's majestic collaborations!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    I feel bad saying this, but... meh. I played the King in eighth grade, but time hasn't made me more of a fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic. Part of the trouble is the way they've written the King. Out of all the Siamese characters, only he appears sometimes buffoonish and naïve in the way of the world. Combine this with his occasional savagery and he almost seems a caricature. It's hard to convincingly play a character when the character's humanity is incompletely realized. Given how symp I feel bad saying this, but... meh. I played the King in eighth grade, but time hasn't made me more of a fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic. Part of the trouble is the way they've written the King. Out of all the Siamese characters, only he appears sometimes buffoonish and naïve in the way of the world. Combine this with his occasional savagery and he almost seems a caricature. It's hard to convincingly play a character when the character's humanity is incompletely realized. Given how sympathetic and realistic the rest of the Siamese characters are, I don't see this as a case of racism, but merely as R&H trying to do too many things at the same time with a character who can't be everything to everyone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Taylor W. 8 Rdg

    The King and I is the story of widowed school teacher, Anna, and her son moving to Siam to teach the King's children and wives. Cultures collide in this beautifully written musical. The music alone is memorable. I loved it because of the differences between these cultures were brought forth, and I'm lenient towards drama. The King and I is the story of widowed school teacher, Anna, and her son moving to Siam to teach the King's children and wives. Cultures collide in this beautifully written musical. The music alone is memorable. I loved it because of the differences between these cultures were brought forth, and I'm lenient towards drama.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    A fun show to perform or watch, although it's the Deborah Kerr/Yul Brenner film that sticks in my mind. A fun show to perform or watch, although it's the Deborah Kerr/Yul Brenner film that sticks in my mind.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley

    Crazy story now but back in the day, I loved the musical and so I read the play which lacks a lot without the music and the hunky actors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    An English widow and her children go to what is now Thailand to serve as a tutor for the children of the king.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pam Bradley

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    Irelis

  12. 4 out of 5

    21Shoes

  13. 4 out of 5

    Renee

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lou Dziak

  15. 4 out of 5

    Frances

  16. 5 out of 5

    India Paul

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darleena A Jones

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lilo32118

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rev Walter

  21. 5 out of 5

    Orit

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fran Gertz

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    Joan Connolly

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    Barbara Krost

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    Debbie Orr

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    Sarah McKneally

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melora

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    Gui

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

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