Hoon Lee debuts as The King of Siam tonight


Hoon Lee assumes the role of The King of Siam tonight in the Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I, which is currently running at the Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

Lee take over the role from Jose Llana, who played his final performance on 27 September. The role was originally performed in this production by Tony nominee Ken Watanabe through to 12 July 2015.

The current principal cast of The King and I includes Tony winner Kelli O'Hara (Anna Leonowens), Hoon Lee (The King of Siam), Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang), Ashley Park (Tuptim), Conrad Ricamora (Lun Tha), Edward Baker-Duly (Sir Edward Ramsey), Jon Viktor Corpuz (Prince Chulalongkorn), Murphy Guyer (Captain Orton), Jake Lucas (Louis), Paul Nakauchi (Kralahome), and Marc Oka (Phra Alack).

This revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on 16 April 2015, following previews from 12 March, and is currently booking though to 1 May 2016.

The production opened to glowing reviews and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, eventually winning four: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Kelli O'Hara), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Ruthie Ann Miles), and Best Costume Design of a Musical (Catherine Zuber).

Directed by Bartlett Sher, the production features scenic design by Michael Yeargan, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Scott Lehrer and costume design by Catherine Zuber.

Hoon Lee appeared on Broadway in 'Pacific Overtures' (Roundabout Theatre Company), 'Flower Drum Song', and 'Urinetown.' His off-Broadway credits include the Public Theater productions of 'Yellow Face' and 'Love's Labour's Lost.'

- by Tom Millward

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