Monday, April 13, 2015

The King and I

For the A to Z Challenge today, K is for The King and I. It is a popular musical. I'm not going to lie, The King and I is good, but can be slow at times. I was one of the king's wives when my local theatre company did it in 2012. I enjoyed the part because it was what I wanted. The only scene that everyone didn't like was "The Small House of Uncle Thomas." It just didn't really fit in with the rest of the show (or the movie/musical in my opinion).

In case anyone didn't know, The King and I is based on the book "Anna and the King of Siam" written by Margaret Landon. I read the child's version of it as a kid and loved the book. And also in the show, we had to wear ballet shoes which was cool to me.

Synopsis: Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has been contracted to teach English to the children of the royal household. She threatens to leave when the house she had been promised is not available, but falls in love with the children. A new slave, a gift of a vassal king, translates "Uncle Tom's Cabin" into a Siamese ballet. After expressing her unhappiness at being with the King, the slave decides to make an attempt to escape with her lover. Anna and the King start to fall in love, but her headstrong upbringing inhibits her from joining his harem. She is just about to leave Siam but something important she finds out makes her think about changing her mind.

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" is a book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. In The King and I, it get translated into a play and gets acted out. I have never read the book either prior to the show or to this current day, but I do have it on my tablet. When I do get around to reading it, I will do a review.

My favorite costume from the show (I'm in green)

Me (in the black) with one of my friends, also a wife of the king

Me with "The King"

Me with "Anna"
Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!


  1. I've seen both versions of the film and liked each one for different reasons. I haven't read the book yet, but will one day. Thanks for sharing and loved your photos! Also, glad you visited and commented on my blog, again! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @

    1. Thanks! I've only seen the one with Yul Brynner, but loved it. Glad you like the photos!

  2. That's cool you were in the play. My mom had that movie and I watched it many times. I was only really into cartoons at that age, so the fact I liked the movie really said something about it.

    1. Thanks Patricia. My mom always put on musicals when I was younger and I've liked them ever since.