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Original Cast (1977)

Artist: King & I
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Format: CD
Sku: 60133066
UPC: 078635261028
UPC 14: 00078635261028
Release Date: 3/21/1989
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Overture ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
2. Arrival At Bangkok/ I Whistle A Happy Tune ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
3. My Lord And Master ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
4. Hello, Young Lovers ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
5. March Of The Siamese Children ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
6. Children Sing, Priests Chant ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
7. Puzzlement, A ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
8. Royal Bangkok Academy, The ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
9. Getting To Know You ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
10. So Big A World ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
11. We Kiss In A Shadow ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
12. Puzzlement, A (reprise) ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
13. Shall I Tell You What Think Of You? ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
14. Something Wonderful ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
15. Finale To Act 1 ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
16. Western People Funny ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
17. Dance Of Anna And Sir Edward ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
18. I Have Dreamed ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
19. Song Of The King ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
20. Shall We Dance? ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
21. Finale ~ Original 1977 Broadway Cast
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Composed by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Muze PNote Despite the success of the 1977 Broadway revival of The King and I, RCA waited until almost six months into the run to record a cast album. You can hardly blame them. There had been numerous recordings of the 26-year-old show already, two of them -- the original Broadway cast album and the original soundtrack -- featuring Yul Brynner, the drawing card of the revival. Though "The King" was now the dominating force in the show, it had actually been written for "I," Anna Leonowens, originally played by Gertrude Lawrence, and so there wasn't actually much musical material for Brynner. RCA emphasized what there was, however, adding bits and pieces of dialogue such as "So Big a World." Also attempting to distinguish this version from the many others, the label recorded brief numbers such as "Children Sing, Priests Chant" and "The Royal Bangkok Academy," which previous albums had ignored. The result was the longest recording of the score yet released. But it was still the performances that mattered. Constance Towers made a good Anna, possessing a much stronger voice than Lawrence had, if not quite the level of characterization that Deborah Kerr and Marni Nixon (who dubbed Kerr's singing voice) brought to the movie. Brynner, the third time around on record and now 62 years old, was huskier, but still authoritative. Young Gene Profanato, playing Prince Chulalongkorn, had more time on record than any of his predecessors in the role, and he made the most of it. June Angela, Martin Vidnovic, and Hye-Young Choi, carrying the really rangy songs ("We Kiss in a Shadow," "Something Wonderful," "I Have Dreamed"), were strong-voiced if formal. With Robert Russell Bennett's original orchestrations employed, this was a good-sounding version, even if it was a minor addition to the list of recordings of The King and I. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer: Thomas Z. Shepard

Engineer: Paul Goodman

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Yul Brynner
Muze Guest Artist Constance Towers

Associated Artists and Works

California Dreams
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/25/1990
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1977
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2610
Music Label Name Label : RCA Victor
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00078635261028

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