Tag Archive: Oscar Hammerstein II

The King and I in Revival at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center

Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in The King and I

Is a puzzlement – why Barlett Sher and Michael Yeargan, the Tony award winning director and set designer of South Pacific, respectively, would create such a sparse scenic design for The King and I. The stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre is over 3,500 square feet – and much of the time (in the palace and in the forest) all we see on the large portion that thrusts out into the audience is a black floor with a lonely actor or two singing upon it.

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