Friday, August 1, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

‘The King and I’ opens DMTC’s theater season

Anna (Chris Cay Stewart) gets to know her royal host King Mongkut (Mark Suarez) in DMTC’s production of “The King and I.”  Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page A7 | August 31, 2011 |

What: Davis Musical Theatre Company production of “The King and I”

When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 2

Where: DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive

Tickets: $18 general, $16 for students and seniors, $14 per person for groups of 10 or more; plus a $2-per-ticket facility fee; www.dmtc.org or (530) 756-3682

With a noble lineage that includes Rodgers and Hammerstein and a king’s ransom of Tonys and Oscars, the universally loved “The King and I” is the first jewel in the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s new season on Friday, Sept. 9.

Directed and choreographed by Jan Isaacson, and musical direction by Steve Isaacson, “The King and I” recounts the story of a resolute school teacher, Anna, who is summoned to Siam to tutor the king’s many children.

The show is brimming with memorable classics, such as “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Shall We Dance?,” “Something Wonderful” and “Getting to Know You.”

In 1950, Gertrude Lawrence was looking for a starring vehicle for herself. Margaret Landon’s book, “Anna and the King of Siam,” had been published six years earlier and was sent to Lawrence. Although she was better known for her work in plays as opposed to musicals, Lawrence purchased the rights to adapt the book for the stage.

Cole Porter and Noel Coward were considered originally for the musical, but a chance meeting with Oscar Hammerstein’s wife, Dorothy, changed everything. Dorothy had read the book in 1944, and at Lawrence’s request, recommended her husband to consider it as a musical.

But Rodgers and Hammerstein did not like the book because it consisted of disconnected short stories about Anna’s life in Siam with no connective storyline. After seeing a 1946 film adaptation of the book, Rodgers and Hammerstein saw how they could bring the stories together into one storyline.

However, they were more concerns, specifically about Lawrence herself. Her voice — once great — had diminished over the years, but they admired her stage presence enough to give the musical project a green light.

The show opened on March 29, 1951, ran for 1,246 performances over three years and garnered three Tony Awards. In later years, several revivals were mounted that included Yul Brynner in the role that made him famous. The last was in 1985 just shortly before Brynner’s death.

The most recent Broadway revival, in 1996, starred Lou Diamond Phillips and took home the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

“The King and I” will be presented at 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 2, at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive in Davis.

Tickets are $18 general, $16 for students and seniors and $14 per person for groups of 10 or more. All tickets are subject to a $2-per-ticket facility fee. Tickets are available online at www.dmtc.org or by calling (530) 756-3682.

DMTC’s 2011-12 season continues with “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” Nov. 4-27; “Chicago,” Jan. 6-29; “Damn Yankees,” Feb. 24-March 18; “Titanic: The Musical,” April 13-May 6; and “Hairspray,” June 22-July 15.

Comments

comments

Enterprise staff

.

News

Carbahal and Company celebrates 30 years

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

 
UCD chancellor is coming up for five-year review

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

A week of groundwater news in the Year of Groundwater

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
What’s the buzz?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

Davis Reads book project focuses on veterans

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

 
Candidate goes homeless to showcase economic gap

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Increase in health plan costs is slowing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Kashkari’s campaign coffers depleted

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Need a new best friend?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Businesses can learn about PR strategies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Enjoy films, beer at benefit Friday night

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Target hosts National Night Out celebration

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Parents can learn all about IEPs

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

10 essential herbs are focus of Davisite’s talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Bee beard photo wins award

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Digital device use is up among school-age children

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Backpacks for Kids launches annual donation drive

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

Seniors share homes for savings, companionship

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
City of Davis recruits for its advisory commissions

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Farmers Market shoppers can pick up free reusable produce bags

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

It’s not what they thought

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Railroads, listen up and respond

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A8

 
Treat children as refugees

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Protect and expand Medicare

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

It’s insurance against extremes

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Political cartoon was offensive

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

Let’s gas up for TAPS

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
.

Sports

Swimley recalls a budding star in Giants’ Susac

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
Nick Watney leads Barracuda Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Stuart named to outstanding placekicker watch list

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Going, going, gone: A’s trade Cespedes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Safety Bethea finding a groove with new 49ers team

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
UCD women’s golf tees up tough schedule

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Arts

WOH to hold auditions for ‘Zuccotti Park’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Droll sci-fi hijinks

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

Barnyard Theatre adds ‘Pinky’ performance after sold-out opening night.

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
‘Tunes on Tuesdays’ come to Freeman Park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Business

Grand Cherokee: A grand, and long, ride

By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Don Fife

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Nancy Jane Fife

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Clara Meyerhoff

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Patricia Eileen Hershberger

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

John Vernon McLane Wayland

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
.

Comics

Comics: Friday, August 1, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A6