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In our continued exploration of the musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein, we explore The King & I (1951), a complicated and beautiful show about cultural imperialism, gender emancipation and the dangers of the white savior complex.
We talk about:
- The rise of the “star vehicle” for a diva actor, and the interesting racial & cultural background of Anna Leonowens (and Gertrude Lawrence, the actor who played her).
- The intersection of colonialism with Western values of equality, and when a “liberating” culture becomes an imposed culture that does violence in the name of greater freedom.
- The nature of forgiveness, and the possibility of real relationship across cultural, gender and ideological difference.
- Gertrude Lawrence singing “Getting to Know You” from the Original Broadway Cast recording.
- Lea Salonga and Peabo Bryson singing “We Kiss In A Shadow” from the 1993 Studio recording.
- Ruthie Ann Miles singing “Something Wonderful” from the 2015 Broadway Revival Cast Recording.