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The King and I (Music Theater of Lincoln Center 1964 Production)

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Download links and information about The King and I (Music Theater of Lincoln Center 1964 Production) by Risë Stevens / Rise Stevens, Franz Allers, Darren McGavin. This album was released in 1964 and it belongs to Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 15 tracks with total duration of 51:37 minutes.

Artist: Risë Stevens / Rise Stevens, Franz Allers, Darren McGavin
Release date: 1964
Genre: Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 15
Duration: 51:37
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Overture (From "The King and I") 5:46
2. I Whistle a Happy Tune (From "The King and I") (featuring Harvey James) 2:32
3. My Lord and Master (From "The King and I") (featuring Lee Venora) 2:05
4. Hello, Young Lovers (From "The King and I") 2:56
5. March of the Siamese Children (From "The King and I") 3:30
6. A Puzzlement (From "The King and I") 3:10
7. Getting to Know You (From "The King and I") 3:34
8. We Kiss In a Shadow (From "The King and I") (featuring Lee Venora) 3:45
9. Shall I Tell You What I Think of You? (From "The King and I") 4:06
10. Something Wonderful (From "The King and I") (featuring Patricia Neway) 2:41
11. Western People Funny (From "The King and I") (featuring Patricia Neway) 1:31
12. I Have Dreamed (From "The King and I") (featuring Lee Venora) 3:29
13. The Small House of Uncle Thomas (From "The King and I") (featuring Lee Venora) 8:26
14. Shall We Dance? (From "The King and I") 2:22
15. Something Wonderful (reprise) (From "The King and I") 1:44

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In 1964, Richard Rodgers accepted a position as president and producing director of Music Theater of Lincoln Center, a summer series of limited engagement revival productions of famous Broadway musicals performed at the New York State Theater at the recently opened Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The series' first show, appropriately enough, was The King and I, for which Rodgers had composed the music. It starred opera singer Rise Stevens as Anna Leonowens, the widowed British teacher who travels to Siam to instruct the children of the king, played by television actor Darren McGavin. With such casting, Rodgers re-adjusted the balance in the show, which had been written in 1951 for famed British actress Gertrude Lawrence, but turned Yul Brynner into a star. Of course, the vocal talents were also upgraded by the use of Stevens, a much better singer than Lawrence, and Rodgers also brought in another opera singer, Patricia Neway, who had sung "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" in The Sound of Music, to play Lady Thiang, and her major number, a similarly rangy ballad "Something Wonderful." With the use of McGavin, best known for playing TV detectives, the balance may have been tipped too far, however. The king doesn't have much to do on cast and soundtrack albums beyond the patter song "A Puzzlement," but McGavin demonstrated that he didn't have much of a singing voice, making this album inferior to the original Broadway cast and original soundtrack albums featuring Brynner. The disc is notable, however, as the longest yet recording of the show at 50 minutes, including, for the first time, eight-and-a-half minutes of "The Small House of Uncle Thomas." [The 2006 CD reissue added one previously unreleased bonus track, a one-and-a-half-minute rendition of "Western People Funny" by Neway.]