The King and I (Highlights)

Music Theatre Hour

The King and I (Highlights), Music Theatre Hour
CDTEH 6006
DIGITAL
SURROUND
RECORDING
DDD
CD1: 60'00''

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This recording features the highlights from JAY's acclaimed complete recording of The King And I (CDJAY2 1276). 

THE KING AND I is based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, an English woman who travelled to Siam in the 19th century, became governess of the children of the King, and eventually played an important role in guiding the country towards Western civilisation.

First a novel, then a film without songs in 1946, THE KING AND I was “musicalized” by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1951.  The Broadway musical was a phenomenon, racking up 1,246 performances and receiving 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  The subsequent filmed musical won 5 Oscars and was just as successful.  Recent productions include a cartoon version (keeping the R & H score) and a film starring Jodie Foster.

This Digital surround recording made at Abbey Road Studios, contains over 60 minutes of the score with Christopher Lee (Lord Of The Rings, Dracula) singing the role of the King, and co-starring three ladies from the opera world - Valerie Masterson as Anna, Sally Burgess as Lady Thiang and Tinuke Olafimihan as Tuptim.  Accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by John Owen Edwards, all the favourites are here – ‘I Whistle A Happy Tune’, ‘Something Wonderful’, ‘Hello Young Lovers’, ‘Getting To Know You’, ‘We Kiss In The Shadows’, ‘I Have Dreamed’ and ‘Shall We Dance?’

CD 1
  1. Overture
    National Symphony Orchestra
  2. I Whistle A Happy Tune
    Valerie Masterson, Henry Williams
  3. My Lord And Master
    Tinuke Olafimihan
  4. Hello Young Lovers
    Valerie Masterson
  5. The March Of The Siamese Children
    National Symphony Orchestra
  6. A Puzzlement
    Christopher Lee
  7. Getting To Know You
    Valerie Masterson, Children, Company
  8. We Kiss In A Shadow
    Tinuke Olafimihan, Jason Howard
  9. Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You?
    Valerie Masterson
  10. Something Wonderful
    Sally Burgess
  11. Western People Funny
    Women Chorus
  12. I Have Dreamed
    Tinuke Olafimihan, Jason Howard
  13. Song Of The King
    Christopher Lee, Valerie Masterson
  14. Shall We Dance
    Valerie Masterson, Christopher Lee
  15. Finale Ultimo
    Christopher Lee, Valerie Masterson
  16. Exit Music
    National Symphony Orchestra