Bartlett Sher's four-time Tony-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I twirled onto the stage at the London Palladium last night to much anticipation. But, did it impress the critics?
The response was overall positive for this sometimes troublesome production, The Independent concluded their four-star review with 'Sher's production gives deep pleasure and will make you think twice about patronising this show in future. Shall we dance? Stupid not to'.
The Times was full of praise for the production, awarding it five-stars and saying 'What a treat' continuing with praise for the star of the show, Kelli O'Hara, saying 'Kelli O'Hara does not just play Anna, she owns the part. Her voice is crystal, Julie Andrews perfect, and as she sings her first song, that really rather irritating Whistle a Happy Tune, you just melt into this revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 musical.'
The Stage were also fans of the production, concluding their four-star review with 'it's great to see one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most complex works reappraised: opulently, intelligently and with love.'
Congratultaions to everyone involved with the production! Here's to glittering run.