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One of the most beloved and oft performed musicals by the legendary composing and writing duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein, The King and I is a classic story about the melding of cultures and forbidden love. It was born out of a 1944 novel titled Anna and the King of Siam, which tells the true story of Anna Leonowens, who taught and watched over the king's children in the mid 1800s. Anna was hired by the king as part of his efforts to bring his country forward in a march to modernization, and their relationship as seen in the musical is marked by open disagreements and secret love. The musical was first conceived by Rogers and Hammerstein at the request of the agent of classic actress Gertrude Lawrence. Lawrence's agent wanted a starring part for her star client, and approached the duo about building a musical around the story of Anna Leonowens. The collaborators reluctantly agreed, and one of musical theater's most beloved works was born. The King and I made its Broadway debut in 1951, and featured incredible music and a unique storyline that brought together cultures in a way that had not yet been seen by mainstream theater audiences. It was a critical success and its initial three-year run was then the third longest in history. Since then, the King and I has spawned countless worldwide tours and Broadway revivals, spurred by the excellent story and classic musical numbers. See what all the excitement is about and have yourself a royal time- find cheap tickets for The King and I today!

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