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Not a Puzzlement The success and reach of pioneers Rodgers and Hammerstein remain unequaled 74 years after their first musical opened on Broadway. By Kathy Janich



In this staging from Lincoln Center Theater, the King is played by Jose Llana and Mrs. Anna is played by Laura Michelle Kelly. Both are Broadway regulars.


tephen Sondheim. Lin-Manuel Miranda. Jonathan Larson. Dear Evan Hansen’s Benji Pasek and Justin Paul.

Without Rodgers and Hammerstein, we likely wouldn’t know those names or their shows — Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Hamilton, In the Heights, Rent and many, many others. Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II were among the 20th-century’s greatest musical theater innovators. They set their own course, breaking from the conventions of the day — allowing future generations to do the same. In R&H musicals, characters died (Oklahoma!, Carousel); unlikely romances occurred (Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I); racism was laid bare (South Pacific, The King and I), as were divisions between social classes (Carousel) and generations (Flower Drum Song). The King and I, says Ted Chapin, president of the New York-based Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, “is one of the great non-love love stories every written.” The King and I, the team’s fifth stage musical, was unlike even the team’s own earlier outings (not to mention those of their contemporaries). The connection between Anna and the King is grounded in mutual understanding and respect, not romance. “Shall We Dance,” the only “romantic” song they share depicts sexual tension, not a star-crossed love affair. For Dick and Oscar, musicals no longer had to be strictly comedic. The terms “musical drama” and “musical play” came into vogue because of their work and, for the first time ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION


Convention forbids the love between Tuptim (Manna Nichols, left), the King’s newest concubine, and Lun Tha (Kavin Panmeechao), the Burmese man who brings her to Siam. Still, they meet in secret, kissing in the shadows.

ever, music and dance moved the plot forward, becoming integral to the story instead of simply serving as diversions between bits of dialogue. The team’s shows blended Rodgers’ sophisticated style of musical comedy (perfected in a 25-year partnership with lyricist Lorenz Hart) with Hammerstein’s operetta innovations (conceived in collaboration with composers Sigmund Romberg, Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml and Jerome Kern). The groundbreaking partnership became the most consistently successful one in the American musical theater. Their firsts include:

• Carousel (1945), one of the first true musical dramas. Its leading man — an unemployed carnival barker who weds prematurely, beats his wife and ultimately kills himself — was unsympathetic. R&H skipped the convention of an overture and flayed open class struggles, juxtaposing the hardscrabble life of Billy the barker and wife Julie against the growing wealth of her best friend, Carrie, and Carrie’s increasingly entrepreneurial, herring-loving husband.



• Oklahoma! (1943), the first Broadway musical to open without chorus girls singing and dancing. The curtain rose on lone woman churning butter on the porch, with a cowboy — offstage and unseen — singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin.” Act 2 included the first death ever seen onstage (that of hired hand Jud Fry).

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• South Pacific (1949) took racism head-on in its two core relationships — Navy nurse Nellie Forbush, who can’t abide the mixed-race children of love interest Emile de Becque, and Marine Lt. Joe Cable, who falls deeply in love with the island girl Liat but cannot fathom bringing her back to the States with him. The song “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” exposes these prejudices with its propulsive melody and frank lyrics. • The King and I (1951), the first show the team based on a true story and the first suggested to them as a star vehicle (for British music-hall performer Gertrude Lawrence). Lawrence got the idea from Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel, Anna and the King of Siam, itself based on the somewhat fictionalized memoirs of Anna Leonowens herself. The Welsh-born Leonowens (1831-1915) taught the children of Siam’s King Mongkut in the 1860s. The musical based on this chapter in her life gave American audiences an early glimpse at life “in the Orient,” as it was then called, not to mention the unconventional cat-and-mouse attraction between the King and Mrs. Anna. Rodgers and Hammerstein also created such “lesser” musicals as Allegro, Cinderella, The Sound of Music and State Fair. Their shows won 34 Tony awards, 15 Oscars, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (South Pacific) and two Grammy awards. Six became movies. They are frequently revived on Broadway — continuing to collect Tonys as this revival of The King and I did — and staged at colleges and high schools across the country.



Act 2’s sumptuous and unnerving “Small House of Uncle Thomas” ballet (with Michiko Takemasa as Little Eva) is Tuptim’s take on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s“Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” It’s a mash-up of Western storytelling and Eastern aesthetics.



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Laura Michelle Kelly as Mrs. Anna (top) gets to know the royal wives and children through lessons and songs. The King (Jose Llana) is a scientific man who wonders if Abraham Lincoln has enough elephants to win the American Civil War.

This national tour of The King and I, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher and produced by Lincoln Center Theater, won four 2015 Tonys including best revival of a musical. (Sher, you may recall, also directed the stunning Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific that starred Carmen Cusack as Nellie Forbush and played the Fox Theatre in 2010.) The critical reception for this King and I has been effusive, both in New York and on tour. The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout, one of the more respected theater critics writing today, said simply: “I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.” And so, it seems, the staying power of the Rodgers and Hammerstein partnership, and its relevance today is most certainly not a puzzlement.

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Book and Lyrics

Richard Rodgers

Oscar Hammerstein II

Based upon the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon with

Laura Michelle Kelly Jose Llana Joan Almedilla Manna Nichols Kavin Panmeechao Patrick Boll Anthony Chan Brian Rivera Rhyees Stump and

Jaden D. Amistad Kayla Paige Amistad Heather Botts Adriana Braganza Amaya Braganza LaMae Caparas Andrew Cheng Michelle Liu Coughlin Nicole Ferguson Marie Gutierrez Rie Hatanaka Darren Lee Q Lim Stephanie Lo Michael Lomeka Saki Masuda Rommel Pierre O’Choa Yuki Ozeki Kevin Schuering Marcus Shane Atsuhisa Shinomiya Rylie Sickles Sam Simahk Ryan Stout Michiko Takemasa Noah Toledo CJ Uy Jeoffrey Watson SETS


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Bartlett Sher Produced by Special Arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization: An Imagem Company

National Tour Premiere: October 30 - November 6, 2016 ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 17

CAST Anna Leonowens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LAURA MICHELLE KELLY King of Siam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOSE LLANA Lady Thiang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOAN ALMEDILLA Kralahome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRIAN RIVERA Tuptim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MANNA NICHOLS Lun Tha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KAVIN PANMEECHAO Prince Chulalongkorn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANTHONY CHAN Louis Leonowens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RHYEES STUMP Captain Orton / Sir Edward Ramsey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PATRICK BOLL Phra Alack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DARREN LEE Princess Ying Yaowalak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RYLIE SICKLES Royal Court Dancers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SAKI MASUDA, JEOFFREY WATSON Fan Dancers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RIE HATANAKA, YUKI OZEKI Royal Wives, Townspeople . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMAYA BRAGANZA, LAMAE CAPARAS, MICHELLE LIU COUGHLIN, NICOLE FERGUSON, MARIE GUTIERREZ, RIE HATANAKA, Q LIM, SAKI MASUDA, YUKI OZEKI, MICHIKO TAKEMASA Guards, Monks, Townspeople . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREW CHENG, DARREN LEE, MICHAEL LOMEKA, ROMMEL PIERRE O’CHOA, KEVIN SCHUERING, ATSUHISA SHINOMIYA, SAM SIMAHK, JEOFFREY WATSON Royal Children . . . . . . . . JADEN D. AMISTAD, KAYLA PAIGE AMISTAD, ADRIANA BRAGANZA, AMAYA BRAGANZA, RIE HATANAKA, RYLIE SICKLES, NOAH TOLEDO, CJ UY THE SMALL HOUSE OF UNCLE THOMAS (BALLET) Eliza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LAMAE CAPARAS Uncle Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMAYA BRAGANZA Angel/George . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICHAEL LOMEKA, ANDREW CHENG Topsy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .YUKI OZEKI Simon of Legree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROMMEL PIERRE O’CHOA Little Eva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICHIKO TAKEMASA Propmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DARREN LEE, KEVIN SCHUERING, SAM SIMAHK Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARIE GUTIERREZ, RIE HATANAKA, SAKI MASUDA Guards . . . . ANDREW CHENG, MICHAEL LOMEKA, ATSUHISA SHINOMIYA, JEOFFREY WATSON Royals Singers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICHELLE LIU COUGHLIN, Q LIM, NICOLE FERGUSON SWINGS HEATHER BOTTS, STEPHANIE LO, MARCUS SHANE, RYAN STOUT UNDERSTUDIES

Understudies and standbys never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.

For Anna Leonowens: HEATHER BOTTS

For Anna Leonowens: NICOLE FERGUSON; for King of Siam: DARREN LEE, BRIAN RIVERA; for Lady Thiang: MICHELLE LIU COUGHLIN, NICOLE FERGUSON; for Kralahome: ANDREW CHENG, DARREN LEE; for Tuptim: MICHELLE LIU COUGHLIN, Q LIM ; for Lun Tha: KEVIN SHUERING, SAM SIMAHK ; for Prince Chulalongkorn: KEVIN SHUERING, MARCUS SHANE; for Louis Leonowens: AMAYA BRAGANZA, RYAN STOUT; for Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey: DARREN LEE, ROMMEL PIERRE O’CHOA; for Phra Alack: ANDREW CHENG, MARCUS SHANE; for Princess Ying Yaowalak: ADRIANA BRAGANZA; for Eliza: SAKI MASUDA, MICHIKO TAKEMASA, STEPHANIE LO; for Uncle Thomas: RIE HATANAKA, STEPHANIE LO; for Angel/George: ANDREW CHENG, MICHAEL LOMEKA; for Topsy: RIE HATANAKA, STEPHANIE LO; for Simon of Legree: ATSUHISA SHINOMIYA, JEOFFREY WATSON; for Little Eva: RIE HATANAKA, STEPHANIE LO Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .YUKI OZEKI Assistant Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STEPHANIE LO Fight Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREW CHENG


SCENES & MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT I Overture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orchestra Scene 1: Deck of the Chow Phya and Docks of Bangkok “I Whistle a Happy Tune” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna and Louis Scene 2: The King’s Throne Room “My Lord and Master” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuptim “Hello, Young Lovers” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna “The March of the Siamese Children” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orchestra Scene 3: On the Palace Grounds “A Puzzlement” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . King Scene 4: The Schoolroom “The Royal Bangkok Academy” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Royal Children and Wives “Getting to Know You” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna, Royal Children and Wives The Garden “We Kiss in a Shadow” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lun Tha and Tuptim A Palace Corridor “A Puzzlement” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chulalongkorn and Louis Scene 5: Anna’s Bedroom “Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna “Something Wonderful” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lady Thiang Scene 6: The King’s Study Finale Act 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . King and Company ACT II Scene 1: Scene 2: Scene 3:

The Schoolroom “Western People Funny” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lady Thiang and Royal Wives Dining Room and Garden “I Have Dreamed” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lun Tha and Tuptim “Hello, Young Lovers” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna Theater Pavilion “The Small House of Uncle Thomas” (Ballet) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuptim, Royal Singers and Dancers Scene 4: The King’s Study “Song of the King” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna and King “Shall We Dance?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna and King Scene 5: Outside the Gates of the Palace Scene 6: The King’s Study “I Whistle a Happy Tune” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anna There will be one 20-minute intermission ORCHESTRA Conductor: GERALD STEICHEN Associate Conductor/Synthesizer: TIM LACIANO Acoustic Bass: CHIHO SAEGUSA, Drums/Percussion: MARK O’KAIN LOCAL MUSICIANS Reed IV (Bsn): Eva P. Lewis Violin I: Mary M. Burndrett French Horn I: Edward W. Ferguson Violin II: Kirsten O. Browning French Horn II: Jason R. Eklund Viola: Patrick M. Shelc Trumpet: Marvin Lee King Cello: Nan R. Kemberling Trombone: Thomas Gibson Reed I (Fl./Picc.): Jeanne K. Carere Harp: Nella Rigell Colson Reed II (Ob./E.H.): Mandy L. Dunaway Contractor: Leonard Altieri Reed III (Clar): G. Miranda Dohrman The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cellular pones, beepers and watches.









































BIOS LAURA MICHELLE KELLY (Anna Leonowens) Broadway: Finding Neverland, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof (2004). West End: Mary Poppins (Olivier Award) My Fair Lady, Speed-the-Plow, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, Lord of the Rings: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Whistle Down the Wind, Peter Pan, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia! Film: Sweeney Todd (Lucy/ Beggar Woman; dir. Tim Burton) and Goddess (2012 Cannes Film Festival). Album: The Storm Inside. Recipient: Awarded Voice of Musical Theatre. Numerous radio, TV, concert appearances including Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, Royal Opera House, Millennium Stadium and Buckingham Palace. Performed for President Obama for 4th of July celebrations.

(Nuffield Theater). B.A., UCLA; M.F.A., SCAD. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, friends, my team at Semler Entertainment and Bret Adams Agency, and especially Bartlett and Ted. Twitter/IG: @kavindpan

JOSE LLANA (King of Siam) returns to the role of the King of Siam after two starring engagements in the Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival. Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award), Wonderland, Flower Drum Song, Rent, Street Corner Symphony and the 1996 revival of The King and I (Lun Tha). Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night, Here Lies Love (Lortel nom.), Falling for Eve, On the Town and Saturn Returns. Regional: Poster Boy, Oliver!, Martin Guerre, Ballad of Little Jo (Jefferson nom.) and Candide (Barrymore nom.). TV/film: Sex and the City and Hitch. Albums: VIVA Philippines label and Altitude based on his concert for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. @thejosellana

ANTHONY CHAN (Prince Chulalongkorn). Bay Area native. National tour: Anything Goes (John). Off-Broadway/NYC: Manuel vs. Statue of Liberty (NYMF), Allegiance (pre-Broadway workshop), Hesitation Waltz (Comic). Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ching Ho), Valley of the Heart (Calvin), Avenue Q (Princeton), Spelling Bee (Chip), Ching Chong Chinaman (Upton), All Shook Up (Dennis). Love to family, friends, Nicola, FFAM/RFUFAM, TKAI team, and Rachelle. B.A.: UCI; OΔH. @chanttt

JOAN ALMEDILLA (Lady Thiang). Broadway/ national tour: Miss Saigon (Kim), Les Misérables (Fantine), Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: Chess, Criers for Hire, Once Upon a Play Date, It’s Only Life, Songs for a New World, Here Lies Love (Carnegie Hall). She has performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall and was discovered while performing on “Showtime at the Apollo.” She’s a member of the Mama Bares. MANNA NICHOLS (Tuptim). Broadway: Allegiance. Regional: My Fair Lady (Arena Stage), South Pacific (Guthrie), Guys & Dolls (Goodspeed), Miss Saigon (KC Starlight, Walnut St., Fulton), The King and I (Walnut St., North Shore), Les Misérables (Pioneer, Maine State). Film: studio vocals on Disney’s liveaction Beauty and the Beast. OCU alumna. Thanks to BRS/Gage, Bart and Telsey. For nephew, Jonah. Praise to God. KAVIN PANMEECHAO (Lun Tha). National tour: Spelling Bee (Chip). Regional: A Chorus Line (3-D Theatricals), Into the Woods (Lucas Theater), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Their Eyes Saw Rain, Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse). UK: Romeo and Juliet

PATRICK BOLL (Captain Orton, Sir Edward Ramsey). Broadway: Old Times, Mamma Mia!, Faith Healer, Twentieth Century, Hedda Gabler, Death of a Salesman, Tom Sawyer. Off-Broadway: much. Regional: Baltimore Center Stage, Pittsburgh CLO, Goodspeed, Shakespeare Theatre NJ, Williamstown. Film: How to Be Single, Burn After Reading. TV: “Odd Mom Out,” “Quantico,” “Madam Secretary,” “Veep,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Gossip Girl” and many “Law & Orders.”

BRIAN RIVERA (Kralahome). Broadway: The King and I. Regional: The Orphan of Zhao, Major Barbara (American Conservatory Theater), American Night, Hamlet (California Shakespeare Theater), Yellowjackets (Berkeley Rep), Posibilidad (San Francisco Mime Troupe), Fukú Americanus, Alleluia: The Road (Campo Santo), Rashomon, The King and I (Sierra Repertory Theatre). TV: “Trauma,” “Cuff Me If You Can.” RHYEES STUMP (Louis Leonowens) is thrilled to return to The King and I. Regional: The Music Man (Winthrop), Cabaret (Young Nazi) and Oliver! (Oliver). He enjoys traveling, singing, dancing, electric guitar, piano and baseball. Much love to Mom, Dad, three older sisters and grandparents for their support, his wonderful tour family, along with Nancy Carson and Bartlett Sher for this amazing opportunity! HEATHER BOTTS (u/s Anna). Broadway: Doctor Zhivago. Regional: Austen’s Pride, a new musical (Elizabeth), The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Les Misérables (Cosette), South Pacific (Nellie), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Tarzan (Jane), Grease (Sandy), Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife). Love to family and friends. Thanks to CGF, Telsey + Co. and this incredible team.


BIOS JADEN D. AMISTAD (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his national tour debut with The King and I. Other credits: La Folia (Short Film). A special thanks to his teachers and friends. Love to Mom, Dad, Kayla, Shorty, and family. Instagram: |@jaden_dex KAYLA PAIGE AMISTAD (Ensemble) is honored to join the national tour of The King and I. National tour: Matilda! (Amanda). Other credits: Purpose World Tour “Children” dancer for Justin Bieber in Philadelphia. Thanks to teachers, mentors, family and friends, especially Mom, Dad, Jaden and Shorty for all the continued love and support. Instagram: @kkstylz ADRIANA BRAGANZA (Ensemble) is excited to join The King and I national tour after being in the Broadway production. She also has performed at the Center Stage Studio (Aliso Viejo, Calif.). Special thanks to Bartlett Sher, Sabina Kalfa and Barry Kolker. Lots of love to Papa, Mom and sister Anika. AMAYA BRAGANZA (Uncle Thomas, Ensemble) is happy to be part of The King and I after performing at Lincoln Center. Broadway: Annie (July). Other credits: the Center Stage Studio (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Brea Curtis Theatre. So much love and thanks to Bartlett Sher, Sabina Kalfa and Barry Kolker. Love to Dad, Mom and sister Anika. LAMAE CAPARAS (Eliza, Ensemble). Broadway: The King and I (Uncle Thomas), South Pacific, The Lion King. First national tour: Fosse (Lead). Other: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Karate Girl), Miss Saigon, The Knocks, Six Scents Parfum. Film/TV: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Ahsoka Tano), Across the Universe, “Chappelle’s Show.” Mahal & inspiration! Instagram: @lamazing

film: “Hostages,” “Limitless,” “Allegiance,” It’s Complicated and a new Netflix series. Filmmaker: Jane!, 2B (Asian American Film Lab Top 40), Left Behind (in development). NICOLE FERGUSON (Ensemble). National tour: Sister Act (Swing). Favorite credits: The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazz, and The Full Monty. Thanks to Bart, Telsey + Co., Abbie and all mentors. Proud OCU graduate. Lots of love to family, friends,and Eric. For Grammy Sumiko. MARIE GUTIERREZ (Ensemble). National tour debut! Regional: The Producers, How to Succeed, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The King and I, In the Heights, Hello, Dolly!, Miss Saigon. Marie is a Los Angeles native and a CSU, Northridge graduate. Love to her friends, family and Orbs. RIE HATANAKA (Fan Dancer, Ensemble). National tour debut! Rie graduated from the Ailey School certificate program. Regional: Waterfall (5th Avenue Theatre). Dance companies: Faune Dance Troupe (Don Quixote, Spring Water), Life Dance Company. Thanks to my family, Gregg and my husband for your unconditional support and love! DARREN LEE (Phra Alack, Ensemble). Broadway: Allegiance; Pacific Overtures; Thoroughly Modern Millie; On the Town; Kiss Me, Kate; Seussical the Musical; Chicago; Guys and Dolls; Miss Saigon; Shogun the Musical; Victor/Victoria. Film: Sisters (Salon Owner), Chicago, Hackers (Razor). Director/choreographer: Broadway associate, off-Broadway, regional, international, Holland America Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line.

ANDREW CHENG (Ensemble) made his Broadway debut in Lincoln Center’s The King and I. A native New Yorker and graduate of NYU, he has performed all over the U.S. and Europe. Credits include West Side Story, Chicago and several productions of The King and I. Thanks and love to Mom, Dave and John.

Q LIM (Ensemble). National tour debut! Broadway: The King and I (Tuptim u/s). Regional: The King and I (Tuptim), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse, Riverside), Disenchanted (Mulan). Concerts/other: Broadway’s Rising Stars (The Town Hall, NYC), Disney Cruise Line (Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas). Huge thanks to Telsey, Bart, Mom, Dad and my hubby.

MICHELLE LIU COUGHLIN (Ensemble) is a New York City-based actress, singer and filmmaker. Theater: Avenue Q, Barrio Grrrl!, A New Brain, Miss Saigon and The King and I. TV/

STEPHANIE LO (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing). NYC: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: The King and I (Dallas Summer Musicals, Carousel Dinner Theater), Miss Saigon (Flat Rock


BIOS Playhouse), Flower Drum Song (AMTSJ), A Chorus Line (Lees-McRae Summer Theater). Dedicated to my Ank Ank. MICHAEL LOMEKA (Ensemble). The Juilliard School (B.F.A.), Jacksonville University (M.F.A.). Broadway: The King and I. Off-Broadway: A Christmas Carol (MSG). Concert dance: Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. Las Vegas: Celine Dion’s A New Day (Caesars Palace), Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis (Aria Resort). SAKI MASUDA (Royal Court Dancer, Ensemble) is thrilled to make her national tour debut! Regional/favorite credits: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Cats (Victoria), Sayonara, Sheherazade. Dance companies: Heidi Latsky Dance, General Mischief Dance Theatre, Catskill Ballet Theatre. Assistant choreographer for Debbie Roshe. Gratitude and love to my family, friends, Telsey and TKAI team. ROMMEL PIERRE O’CHOA (Simon of Legree, Ensemble). Fresh off the Broadway company of The King and I and excited to take this wonderful show on the road. He’s performed globally in musicals such as Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Hello, Dolly! and The King and I. He’s also an accomplished competitive pole artist/athlete. YUKI OZEKI (Topsy, Fan Dancer, Ensemble, Dance Captain) Broadway: The King and I (Dance Captain/ Swing) at LCT. Her long association with the show includes national and international tours and regional productions including Paper Mill, Zach Theater, LTOK (Associate Choreographer), Lyric Opera VA (Choreographer). Other credits: Miss Saigon (national tours, NSMT), A Chorus Line and Hello, Dolly! B.S.: NYU.

CLO, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Aspen, TUTS, Dallas Summer Musicals, MT Wichita, Cape Playhouse. Love to Mom and Dad, The Mine, Britney Spears and all The King and I family! ATSUHISA SHINOMIYA (Ensemble). Broadway/ National Tour: The King and I. International: West Side Story (Switzerland), Coin of Vows (Russia/ Japan). Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon, La Cage Aux Folles, Peter Pan, Universal Studios Hollywood. Japanese: Pirate Queen, Miss Saigon, Buddha, Trails. BM Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo); AMDA. @atsuhisa1204 RYLIE SICKLES (Princess Ying Yaowalak, Ensemble). National tour debut! Credits: The Wizard of Oz (Matthews Playhouse) and Beauty and the Beast Jr. (CPCC Summer Theater). Thanks to God, Mom, Dad, Caylie, Andrew, Grandma & Pop Pop, and dance family at Steps N Motion for all their love and support. SAM SIMAHK (Ensemble). First national tour! Credits: The King and I (Lyric Opera of Chicago), A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre Company), Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods (Lyric Stage Company), Big Fish (Speakeasy Stage Company), Miss Saigon (Starlight Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse). Son of Ashburnham, Mass. Graduate of Emerson College, five-year member of AEA. RYAN STOUT (Swing) is honored to make his professional stage debut with The King and I. Credits: The Finger (short film); Mother Goose, Club Playhouse (Johnny, Papa); Dryden (Marc). Community: The Little Mermaid (Sebastian). Love and thanks to Dad, Mom, Sophie, my extended family, John Shea, Telsey + Co. and teachers!

KEVIN SCHUERING (Ensemble). National tour debut! Regional: Disney’s When You Wish (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse), Disney’s Aladdin (Chicago Shakespeare). NYC: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (NAAP), Wearing Black (NYMF). B.F.A. music theater, Illinois Wesleyan University. Love to the fam, Smalls and the three amigos!

MICHIKO TAKEMASA (Little Eva, Ensemble). Broadway: The King and I (Little Eva). National tour: The King and I. Regional: Big River (Gallery Players), Miss Saigon (NSMT), The King and I (Sacramento Music Circus, Casa Mañana, Arkansas Rep, Harbor Lights Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Mountain Playhouse, Shawnee Playhouse), Sayonara (La Comedia). Ballet: The Nutcracker, Don Quixote.

MARCUS SHANE (Swing). Broadway: Mamma Mia!. National tours: Anything Goes (Roundabout Theatre Company). NYC/regional: Oklahoma! (NAAP), Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh

NOAH TOLEDO (Ensemble), AKA Nono, is excited to make his national tour debut with The King and I. A third-grader who loves basketball (St. Anthony’s MVP), baseball and karaoke, Noah ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23

BIOS thanks his teachers at The OLC School, Mom, Dad and extended family for their continued love and support. CJ UY (Ensemble). This is CJ’s first Broadway national tour. When not performing, he is interested in filmmaking, stop-motion animation, golf and robots. Credits: Untitled MTV pilot (Little Tony), Tosh.0 (Little Orphan), SXSW 2014 Industrial (Christian LaBlanc), Virginia529 (Little Monster). Love to Mama & Papa and Baby Bares. JEOFFREY WATSON (Royal Court Dancer, Ensemble) is a professional performing arts school at Alvin Ailey graduate. Performed Ulysses Dove’s Bad Blood (Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater), for Blue Man Group and for New York Fashion Week. J has also performed in The Aluminum Show in Canada. Television: “America’s Got Talent” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Instagram/Facebook: JeoffreyWatson RICHARD RODGERS (Music) & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (Lyrics and Co-Author). Composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II (18951960) joined forces in 1942 and created the most successful partnership in the American musical theater. Their output included Oklahoma! (1943); Carousel (1945); the movie State Fair (1945, remade 1962, Broadway premiere 1996); Allegro (1947); South Pacific (1949); The King and I (1951); Me and Juliet (1953); Pipe Dream (1955); the TV musical Cinderella (1957, remade 1965, 1997, Broadway premiere 2014); Flower Drum Song (1958); and The Sound of Music (1959). Their shows have received several dozen major awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. Lincoln Center Theater presented Tony Award-winning productions of Carousel (1994) and South Pacific (2008). BARTLETT SHER (Director). LCT: Golden Boy (Tony nom.), Blood and Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (also current London production), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nom.), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics awards, London and Australia), Awake and Sing! and The Light in the Piazza (Tony nom.). Recent New York: Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County (Schoenfeld), Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons), Waste 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

(best play Obie Award), Cymbeline (Callaway Award, also at Royal Shakespeare Company), Don Juan and Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theater (2000-2009). Previously company director for the Guthrie Theater and associate artistic director at Hartford Stage. Opera: Faust (Baden Baden), Two Boys (ENO, Metropolitan Opera), Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera), Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg, Milan, Chicago), Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, New York City Opera). Upcoming productions include Otello (Metropolitan Opera) and Adam Guettel’s new musical Millions. CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI (Choreographer). LCT: The King and I (Tony nom.), South Pacific (Tony, OCC noms.) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Broadway: Newsies (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC awards for best choreography), Sunday in the Park With George, Casa Valentina, 13, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity, War Paint. West End: Silence! The Musical, Sunday in the Park With George and tick, tick … BOOM!. Sydney Opera House: My Fair Lady with Julie Andrews. Film: Hail, Caesar! Upcoming: The SpongeBob Musical and Frozen on Broadway. JEROME ROBBINS (Original Choreography, 19181998) is world-renowned as choreographer/director of ballets, theater, movies and television. His Broadway shows include On the Town, Peter Pan, The King and I, West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Among his more than 60 ballets are Fancy Free, Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, In the Night and Glass Pieces, which are in the repertories of New York City Ballet and other major dance companies throughout the world. Mr. Robbins’ numerous awards include Tonys, Oscars and Emmys. TED SPERLING (Music Supervisor). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, The Light in the Piazza (Tony and Drama Desk awards), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Titanic (actor), Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed, My Favorite Year, Drood, Sunday in the Park With George. Off-Broadway: Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, Striking 12 and See What I Wanna See (all as director); A Man of No Importance, Saturn Returns, A New Brain, Floyd Collins, Romance in Hard Times (as music director). Artistic director of MasterVoices, principal conductor of Westchester

BIOS Philharmonic. Creative director of the 24 Hour Musicals. MICHAEL YEARGAN (Sets). LCT: Golden Boy (Tony nom.), Blood and Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nom.), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk awards, Outer Critics Circle nom.), Cymbeline, Awake and Sing! (DD Award, Tony nom.), Edward Albee’s Seascape and The Light in the Piazza (Tony, DD awards). Broadway: The Ritz, Bad Habits, A Lesson From Aloes and The Road to Mecca (Roundabout). Also has credits off-Broadway, in regional theater, London, 10 productions at the Metropolitan Opera and work at major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. CATHERINE ZUBER (Costumes). LCT: The King and I (Tony, OCC award)s, South Pacific (Tony Award), Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award), Macbeth, Golden Boy (Tony nom.), Edward Albee’s Seascape (Tony nom.), Dinner at Eight (Tony nom.) and Twelfth Night (Tony nom.). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Gigi, The Royal Family (Tony Award), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Born Yesterday (Tony nom.), Doubt and The Father. TV: NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! DONALD HOLDER (Lighting). Broadway: Fifty productions, two Tony awards (The Lion King and South Pacific) and 11 Tony nominations. Recent projects include The Cherry Orchard, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, The Father, On the Twentieth Century, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, Ragtime, Movin’ Out, Bullets Over Broadway, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boy From Oz and many others. Television: “Smash” Seasons 1 and 2 (NBC-Dreamworks). Education: Yale School of Drama. SCOTT LEHRER (Sound) received the first Tony awarded to sound for the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher. Recent Broadway: The Front Page, Shuffle Along, Fiddler on the Roof, Dames at Sea, The King and I, Living on Love, Honeymoon in Vegas, A Delicate Balance, Love Letters, A Raisin in the Sun, Betrayal, Lucky Guy, Chaplin (Drama Desk), Death of a Salesman (Tony nom.), the revival of Chicago and more than 50 City Center Encores! Recording

projects include the Broadway cast recording of An American in Paris (Grammy nom.), Loudon Wainwright III’s Grammy-winning High Wide and Handsome, Bebe Neuwirth’s Porcelain and Meredith Monk’s mercy. TOM WATSON (Wig and Hair Designer). LCT: Oslo, The King and I, The City of Conversation, Act One, South Pacific, Belle Epoque and A Man of No Importance. Tom is head of the wig and makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed wigs for more than 70 Broadway productions. Current and recent Broadway designs include Wicked, Rock of Ages, Dames at Sea, Fiddler on the Roof, Bright Star, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Falsettos. GREG ZANE (Associate Choreographer). Broadway: The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater. Direction/choreography: Singin’ in the Rain, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Peter Pan, Seussical, Elf. Performance: The King and I (1996 Broadway revival and 2000 West End revival), A Chorus Line, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Ballet faculty at Broadway Dance Center. SARI KETTER (Associate Director). Select assistant/associate directing: Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Lincoln Center Theater. Regional: Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Denver Center Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Acting Company, Playwrights Horizons, Hartford Stage, Manhattan School of Music. Select directing: Guthrie Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theater, Great Lakes Theater, Portland Stage, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, History Theatre, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. KATHY FABIAN/PROPSTAR (Props Supervisor). Recent Broadway: Falsettos, Fiddler on the Roof, China Doll, On Your Feet, An American in Paris, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, If/Then, Rocky, The Bridges of Madison County, I’ll Eat You Last, Kinky Boots, Lucky Guy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Chaplin, Nice Work If You Can Get It, A Streetcar Named Desire, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Stick Fly, Relatively Speaking, The Normal Heart, House of Blue Leaves, Anything Goes, A Life in the Theatre, Fences, A Behanding in Spokane, Race and Fela! Off-Broadway: Tamburlaine, (TFANA), Piece of My Heart and Appropriate, (Signature Theatre). ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25

BIOS ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT (Orchestrations, 1894-1981) orchestrated more than 300 Broadway musical scores including Show Boat, No, No, Nanette, Of Thee I Sing, Face the Music, Oklahoma!, Carmen Jones, Finian’s Rainbow, Kiss Me, Kate, South Pacific, The King and I, My Fair Lady and Camelot. His arrangements for the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! earned him an Academy Award. He also orchestrated and arranged Richard Rodgers’ TV documentary score for “Victory at Sea.” A classically trained composer, Bennett’s prolific output of original compositions includes symphonies, sonatas, a ballet, a concerto and an opera. TRUDE RITTMANN (Dance and Incidental Music Arrangements, 1908-2005) amassed more than 50 Broadway credits as a choral and dance arranger, including The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Finian’s Rainbow, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Peter Pan. A composer in her own right, she provided music for such television shows as “Omnibus” and “The Seven Lively Arts.” TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/ tours: Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hello, Dolly!, War Paint, Present Laughter, Come From Away, Waitress, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Atlantic, Classic Stage, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Film: Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: “One Day at a Time,” “Time After Time,” “Hairspray Live!,” “Conviction,” “This Is Us,” commercials. DAVID LAI (Music Coordinator). Broadway music coordinator/piano credits include The King and I, Come From Away, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Riverdance, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera (conductor). Grammy Award for West Side Story; Grammy nominations for The King and I, South Pacific, Promises, Promises and Eldar. Record producer credits include Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock.


GERALD STEICHEN (Music Conductor). Broadway/national tours: Cats, Master Class with Dixie Carter, The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan. New York City Opera: La Bohème, Dead Man Walking, The Little Prince, L’elisir d’amore, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella. Boston Pops, principal pops conductor - Utah Symphony and New Haven Symphony, Hong Kong, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Detroit, Hartford, Macon, Wichita Falls, Longview, Ridgefield; Utah Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Opera East Texas, Anchorage Opera. PAIGE GRANT (Production Stage Manager). National/international tours: Jersey Boys first national tour, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella first national tour, War Horse North American tour and Japan. New York and regional credits as well. B.F.A. from CCM. Love and thanks to Mom in Washington and friends across the country. PEYTON TAYLOR BECKER (Stage Manager). Broadway: School of Rock, Something Rotten! National tours: Dirty Dancing. Select off-Broadway/ regional: Sunday in the Park (Encores!), Our New Girl (Atlantic Theatre), The Prom (Alliance Theatre), Far From Heaven, A Doll’s House, You Better Sit Down (Williamstown), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla). UNCSA. For Leslie, Brian, Brian Jr. and Tony. MARGOT WHITNEY (Assistant Stage Manager). Credits: Sweat (Broadway), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (first national tour), War Horse (national tour), The Public Theater, Signature Theatre Company, NY Stage and Film, La Jolla Playhouse, Virginia Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet. B.F.A. University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music. Love and thanks to family and friends! STEVE VARON (Company Manager). National tours: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, War Horse, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Wicked, Traces, Xanadu and The Acting Company. Off-Broadway: Venice (Public Theater), Bare (New World Stages) and Traces (Union Square Theatre). Other work includes general management for NETworks Presentations and five years with Blue Man Group.

BIOS BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Booking, Engagement Management, Press and Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company representing award-winning musicals and plays including Jersey Boys, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, Falsettos, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Fun Home, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, Bright Star and Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes.

SETH WENIG (Executive Producer) has been with NETworks since its inception in 1995. He spearheaded the international tours of Fosse with Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall. Seth has produced the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and the National Theatre production of War Horse. With Cameron Mackintosh, Seth served as executive producer for both the U.S. and U.K. tours of the National Theatre’s My Fair Lady, the 25th anniversary U.S. tour of Les Misérables and the new The Phantom of the Opera tour. He is most proud of his greatest productions – Marlo and Camden.

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP (Producer), founded in 1992, is an extraordinary success story and the world’s No. 1 live-theater company with more than 40 venues in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. New York: Lyric Theatre (home to Cirque du Soleil), Kings Theatre (Brooklyn) and the soon to relaunch Hudson Theatre. North America: Saenger Theatre (New Orleans), Majestic Theatre (San Antonio). Producing credits include, in the West End, The Spoils with Jesse Eisenberg, Doctor Faustus with Kit Harington and The End of Longing with Matthew Perry. Broadway: The King and I, Constellations with Jake Gyllenhaal, The Mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson. Producing credits with group partner Sonia Friedman Productions include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance and Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch., NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS (Producer), from its inception more than 20 years ago, has been an industry-leading producer and manager of touring musical theater productions. It remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. NETworks has toured more than 60 productions throughout North America, and is now expanding its tours to such international markets as South America, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Southeast Asia. Current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Dancing, Elf the Musical, Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once the Musical, The Sound of Music and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.


STAFF STAFF FOR The King and I General Management Gentry & Associates, Inc. Gregory Vander Ploeg, Jamey Jennings, Brad Broman, Kevin Persaud Production Management NETworks Presentations LLC Jason Juenker, Hector Guivas, Cody O’Dell, Emma Downey Tour Booking, Engagement Management, Press & Marketing Broadway Booking Office NYC Steven Schnepp Kent McIngvale, Jenny Bates, David Freeland Zach Stevenson, Sean Mackey, Stacey Burns Danny Knaub, Rachel Peterson, Phil Della Noce Casting Telsey + Company: Bernard Telsey CSA, William Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA, Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA, Rachel Hoffman CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Abbie BradyDalton CSA, Cesar A. Rocha CSA, Karyn Casl CSA, Kristina Bramhall, Adam Caldwell CSA, Josh Einsohn CSA, Conrad Woolfe CSA, Rachel Nadler, Rachel Minow, Rikki Gimelstob, Rachel Dill, Ryan Bernard Tymensky, Rebecca Scholl, Scott Galina, Madison Sylvester, Lauren Harris, Laura Wade, Ally Kiley, Rose Bochner, Jaime Jaget, Kristian Charbonier, Julia Torres Company Manager Steve Varon Assistant Company Manager Laura Quintela Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . Paige Grant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . Peyton Taylor Becker Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . Margot Whitney Associate Scenic Designer . . Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams Assistant Scenic Designer . . . . . . . . Libby Stadstad Associate Costume Designer . . . . . Patrick Bevilacqua Assistant Costume Designers . Wilberth R. Gonzalez, Ryan Park Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . Karen Spahn Assistant Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . Rachel Levy Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . Alex Neumann Props Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Fabian Associate Props Supervisor . . . . . . . . . John Estep Make-up Designer . . . . . . . . . . Tommy Kurzman Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . David “Pfish” Terry Assistant Carpenter/Automation . . . . . Mark Comito Deck Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . Timothy Bergstrom Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Strickland Head Electrician . . . . . . . Matthew Charles Hrinko Asst. Electricians . . . . . Judith Lopez, Barrett Roberts Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Rimes Head Audio . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy K. Schmidt Assistant Audio . . . . . . . . . . Alexander Spigner Production Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . Dillon Cody Head Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colin Howie Assistant Props . . . . . . . . . . . . Chrissie Kramer Wardrobe Supervisor . . . . . . Laci Bradshaw-Roberts Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor. . . . . . Lyndsi S. Sager Star Dresser . . . . . . . . . . . . Season Joy Saulet Hair and Makeup Supervisor . . . . . . . Steven Young Dialect Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristin Flanders Fight Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Schall Orchestral Reduction . . . . . . . . . . Josh Clayton


Children’s Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . On Location Education Tutor/Child Wrangler . . . . . . . . . . . . Leah Osborn-Schulte Child Wrangler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsay Schmidt Physical Therapy . NEURO TOUR Physical Thearapy, Inc. Production Assistants . . . Travis Coxson, Haley Wilson Print Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . aka NYC Radio Spot Production . . . . . . . . . . HMS Media Television Spot Design/Video Production . . HMS Media Production Photography . . . . . . . Matthew Murphy Merchandising . . . . . . . . . Marquee Merchandise Accounting . . . . . . . NETworks Presentations LLC Legal Services . . . . . . . . . David F. Schwartz, Esq. Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP HR & Payroll Services . . . . . . Human Resources inc. Housing . . . . Road Concierge, an ALTOUR Company Travel Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janice Kessler, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Trucking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clark Transfer Staff for NETworks Presentations Chief Executive Officer . . . . . . . . Kenneth Gentry Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . Scott W. Jackson President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orin Wolf Executive Vice President Production . . . . . Seth Wenig Executive Assistant / Associate General Manager . Curt Owens Director of Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . John Kinna Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Gifford Director of Tour Accounting . . . . . . Laura S. Carey Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . Trinity Wheeler Senior Director, Booking & Engagements . Mary K. Witte Director, Booking & Engagements . . . . . Colin Byrne Engagement Manager . . . . . . . Esther Schwarzbauer Director of Marketing/PR . . . . . . . . Heather Hess Digital Marketing Strategist . . . . . . . Perrin Shapiro Senior General Manager . . . . . Gregory Vander Ploeg General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . Jamey Jennings Assistant General Manager . Brad Broman, Kevin Persaud Senior Production Manager . . . . . . . Jason Juenker Production Managers . . . . Hector Guivas, Cody O’Dell Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . Emma Downey Music Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . John Mezzio IT Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Pizza Warehouse Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad Korff Office Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Buddy Piccolino Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . Carol Jewel Credits Scenery built by Great Lakes Scenic, Burlington, Ontario; Show Control and scenic motion control featuring Stage Command Systems® by PRG-Scenic Technologies, a division of Productions Resource Group, L.L.C., New Windsor, NY; Buddha Statue by Cigar Box Studios, Flower Strings by Kanai Scene Shop, Tokyo; Scenery fabrication by Proof Productions and Daedalus Studios; Light Equipment provided by PRGScenic Technologies, a division of Productions Resource group; Audio equipment provided by Masque Sound; Properties by Kathy Fabian Propstar; Costume Construction by Angels The Costumier, Sarah Timberlake Studio, John Cowles, Elizabeth Villanova, Alice Bee. Anna & King Construction by EuroCo Costumes. Undergarments by BraTenders. Millinery by Arnold Costumes, Rodney Gordon. Anna shoes by LaDuca Shoes, WorldTone Shoes, Gamba Shoes. Ballet masks by Acheson Walsh. Ballet headpieces by Bob Flanagan. Tailoring by Arel Studios. Special Props by Tom Carroll Scenery, Aardvark Interiors, Paper Mache’ Monkey, Mike Billings and Jammal & Jammal Reupholstering.

STAFF Rehearsed at Gibney Dance Studios, NYC. Special Thanks to Providence Performing Arts Center; Norbert Mongeon, J.L. “Lynn” Singleton

Tax & Financial Consulting, Accounting Services CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Linda Rubenstein, Brian Enverso, Pat Guerieri Insurance Broker Services Maury Donnelly and Parr, Inc. Robert B. Middleton, Sr and Meghan Shriver Financial Services and banking arrangements by SunTrust Bank Stock and Amateur rights for The King and I are represented by R&H Theatricals: An Imagem Company, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10001 Like us on Facebook @TheKingandIMusical Follow us on Instagram@KingandIMusical Follow us on Twitter @KingandIMusical #TKAItour The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. All stage work performed by employees represented by IATSE. UNITED SCENIC ARTISTS represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union. The Press Agents, Company and House Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.



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ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be

THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 •

seated until intermission.

2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.


STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Shannon Caudill.Director of Operations & Public Safety Lester Andrews. . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody. . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Jimmy McConico. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Jerome Carter. . . . . . . . . Facilities Operations Supervisor Amy Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Edward Hutchison, Walt Huntley, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm

EMERITUS MEMBERS John Busby Jr., Anne Cox Chambers, Pat Connell, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Robert Minnear, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edward Negri, Edgar Neiss, Joe Patten, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Alan Thomas, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills Official Beverage of the Fox

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At Woodward Academy, students of all learning styles come together from every religious, ethnic, and cultural background, making our school a microcosm of the world. Discover the Woodward Difference. Open Houses Main Campus Pre-K to 12, College Park Sunday, Oct. 22 2 to 5 p.m.


Woodward North Pre-K to 6, Johns Creek Sunday, Nov. 12 2 to 4 p.m.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walk-up ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.  Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2100. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.


EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/ performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.  Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.  Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.  Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.  Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)

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Down by the Riverside

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IIf you know Augusta only through its golf cachet, you’re missing a welcoming mix of history, Southern charm, arts and culture, and — mmm, mmm — great food.


ugusta is known worldwide for the venerable Masters Golf Tournament it hosts each spring, but Georgia’s Garden City is often overlooked for fourseason travel, overshadowed by the sweet sorcery of Savannah and Atlanta’s New South sparkle. As one of Georgia’s oldest and largest cities, it has more to show and tell than what’s seen in its annual April star turn. Globally recognized 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

golf is impressive but so is presidential history, pop culture, oodles of outdoor recreation and comfort-meets-city cuisine. Time for Augusta to step center stage. Augusta (population: 200,000) is on the banks of the Savannah River and 150 miles east of Atlanta. It’s an easy 2.5 hours from both beach and mountains. The region, in which the city straddles the South Carolina border, is home to a hefty half-million people.


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The Jessye Norman Amphitheater, named for the Augusta-born opera star, provides a place to meet, take in some culture and watch the Savannah River roll by.

Chateau Elan, at dusk (left), might be your go-to spot if you want to stay relatively close to Atlanta and keep the Parisian vibe alive. The European-style winery and resort in Braselton can help you wind down with a few sips of the grape and a couple’s massage. Come here to get engaged, get married or just get away.

History, hallelujahs, heads of state Established in the early 1700s, Augusta had a brief stint as Georgia’s capital and has nine neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places. You can visit President Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home here and learn about our 28th president. Two founding fathers — George Walton and Lyman Hall — signers of the Declaration of Independence, are buried here.

A towering monument holds their remains, their lives remembered along with a third signer, whose body has never been found. Button Gwinnett, briefly the provisional president of Georgia, was killed in a 1777 duel fueled by political differences when a rival called him a “rascal and a scoundrel.” Springfield Baptist is one of the oldest African-American churches in the country and is open, by appointment, for tours. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 37

The city that birthed music superstar James Brown hasn’t forgotten him. He has a life-size bronze statue downtown and — if you feel good about it — try the James Brown cam there. It takes your photo with the Godfather of Soul and sends it to your cellphone within minutes.

FROM TOP: In addition to its drop-dead gorgeous view, the Augusta Riverwalk provides restaurants, museums and a playground. Alternately, get down with James Brown.


Get on the water H2-oh! The river region overflows with everything from kayaking in the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area to paddleboarding at Savannah Rapids Park. Cole Watkins Tours and Rentals can help you take on Betty’s Branch, a Savannah River tributary with a particularly challenging route around wildlife-abundant Germany Island. The canal’s Petersburg Boat Tours highlight


Golf, of course In 2009, Golf Digest magazine named Augusta National, site of the Masters since 1934, the No. 1 course in the world. It’s as expensive as it is exclusive. You can’t play at this private club unless you’re a member or a member’s guest. Until 2012, you couldn’t join if you were a woman. There’s a waiting list for memberships ($25,000-$50,000), so if it’s golf you seek, try Augusta’s River Golf Club. The 18-hole course on the Savannah River has hosted qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open and mini-tour championships.


what I’ll discover today?

Open House Dates Thurs. Jan. 11 – 4:30 Sun. Jan. 28 – 2:00

Inspiring students from 1 8 months to 8th grade. The joy of looking forward to Mondays. A pioneering Montessori mindset guiding a child’s curiosity toward meaningful discoveries. A capstone Middle School experience where students thrive and launch into premier high schools and beyond. Extraordinary. (404) 252-3910 CURIOSITY. MASTERY. WISDOM. DISTINCTION.

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You’ll also find restaurants, museums and a playground. The outdoor theater, which hosts events year-round, provides amazing views of the Savannah River.

19th-century textile mills, the Confederate Powder Works and two of Georgia’s only remaining 18th-century houses. The 90-minute nighttime Music Cruise features everything from blues to bluegrass and lets you bring own refreshments aboard. If you prefer land, pack a picnic and head to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, an ecological paradise where you can bike and hike. The wide, level towpath of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is popular with hikers, cyclists and runners. For more advanced riders, the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) offers more than 20 miles and six trails and allows trail riding at night. The 1,600-seat Jessye Norman Amphitheater — named for the renowned Augusta-born opera singer — is among the attractions on the Augusta Riverwalk. 40 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Southern comfort The Partridge Inn (est. 1910) was the first Georgia hotel welcomed into the Historic Hotels of America fraternity. Views of the city, lovely verandas and high-ceilinged guest rooms make your stay singularly Southern.


FROM TOP: Prepare to eat well in Augusta whether you choose light bites (including pad Thai) at the Bee’s Knees or an eight-layer dessert at Boll Weevil Café.

Sip and sup There are some 300 restaurants in the Garden City, so you won’t go hungry. The Buona Caffé coffee shop roasts its own beans and considers brewing an art form. Its custom-made Harvest Blend is the official coffee at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion. Boll Weevil Café, iconic for its soulful dishes and indulgent, eight-layer-tall desserts, is a Riverwalk favorite. The chic Finch & Fifth is known for its customized charcuterie plates and craft cocktails. At Have your own oysterpaloooza at Abel Brown, known for bivalves of every sort and intricate entrees. Farmhaus, an artisanal burger spot, lets diners construct their own meals from locally sourced farms and pair them with boozy shakes and floats that come in Mason jars. The Bee’s Knees serves light bites and tapas using local, seasonal, sustainable ingredients served with carefully constructed cocktails.

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Saturday, November 11 Kindergarten–Grade 5, 1 pm Sunday, November 12 Grades 6–8, 1 pm Grades 9–12, 4 pm

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Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home 419 Seventh St., 706.722.9828. Details: www. James Brown statue 836 Reynolds St. Details: https://www. james-brown-statue/266/. Signers Monument Greene and Monument streets, 706.724.0436. Details: listing/4144-signers-monument. Springfield Baptist Church. 114 12th St., 706.724.1056. Details: augusta/springfieldbaptists.html


FROM TOP: The Augusta skyline is reflected in the Savannah River. The nighttime Music Cruise on the Augusta Canal swings from blues to bluegrass. 42 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Bee’s Knees Light bites, cocktails and tapas. 211 10th St., 706.828.3600. Details at Boll Weevil Café Classic Southern, indulgent desserts. 10 James Brown Blvd., 706.722.7772. Details: Buona Caffé Artisan coffee. 1858 Central Ave., 706.869.4074. Details:


The Olde Town Inn is another option. The intimate, historically appointed bed-andbreakfast is near Augusta’s nightlife and is connected to the Fox’s Lair, an underground bar with live music. The Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center ( and its 372 guest rooms) was renovated in 2016. Its central downtown location is within walking distance of restaurants and attractions.

Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar 491 Highland Ave., 706.738.6491. Details:

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Located in Smyrna, Whitefield Academy provides students with a well-rounded school experience including over 50 athletic teams and an award-winning arts program. 678.305.3027

GAC practices a non-discriminatory policy of admissions.

Develop your gifts.


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your purpose. Parker Jennings,Two-time Shuler Hensley MusicalTheatre Award-winning actress, Best Actress, Georgia High School One Act Play Contest. Proud GAC Spartan

Take the next step. Join us for a campus tour. Visit or call 770-243-2273 for more information. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 43

Farmhaus Build a burger. Add a boozy shake or float. 466 Flowing Wells Road, 706.496.2846. Details: Finch & Fifth Customized charcuterie, craft cocktails. 379 Highland Ave., 706.364.5300. Details: or


The River Golf Club 307 Riverside Blvd., 803.202.0110. Details: http://www.

Augusta Riverwalk The city’s front porch. 4 Eighth St., 706.821.1754. Details: Cole Watkins Tours and Rentals $30-$50 per person or 24-hour rentals. Details: or 706.840.0433.

Rooms at the Partridge Inn, which dates to 1910 and is an official Historic Hotel of America, start at $248 a night.


Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center Starts at $132 per night. 2 Tenth St., 7706.722.8900. Details: http://www. travel/agsmc-augustamarriott-at-the-conventioncenter/?scid=bb1a189a-fec34d19-a255-54ba596febe2.

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At Molly B’s in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Falcons, United), consider a chophouse-style spread (left). The menu, developed by Michael Bertozzi of TWO urban licks), features brisket (above) and Heritage baby-back ribs. If you don’t have a gameday ticket, go for lunch on non-game days.


ishin’ up Ga. 400, Buford Highway for dummies, double eagles in Dunwoody, rockin’ at Philips Arena and a Forsyth County icon serves its last catch of the day. Welcome to our latest edition of Food for Thought. Here’s what’s cooking.

Well done Chef Mark Taft’s latest creation is Brine Seafood Shack, a stand-alone spot in the new phase of the Avalon mixed-use development in Alpharetta. Brine describes itself as Cape Codmeets Santa Monica, an East Coast-meets-West Coast homage to New England and SoCal. Taft, owner of Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg and the forthcoming FEED, created a menu with raw cold-water oysters, baked oysters, fried oysters, broiled clams, fried clams, clam rolls, fresh grilled fish, Portuguese fish stew and fish tacos. Eat downstairs in the nautically themed dining room or head upstairs to the open-air, outdoor seating. It has a retractable ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 47



At Brine Seafood Shack in Alpharetta, the tuna poke (top) comes with avocado, soy mustard and taro. The “Afternoon Watch” is made with vino verde, Montenegro, grapefruit seltzer (and a tiny beach ball for fun).

roof over the bar, which keeps out sun and rain while you sample snacks, beachy cocktails, tiki-style drinks and watch the pedestrians below. The owners of Sweet Hut bakeries have cracked an important code for bringing authentic Asian cuisine to the average Western eater: Create beautiful, modern and clean spaces brimming with energy; serve delicious, approachable food; and the Yanks will come. Now they’re offering Food Terminal on Buford Highway, a pristine super-modern yet casual dining room serving spectacular Malaysian cuisine. You could be in downtown Tokyo, Taipei or Kuala Lumpur as you flip through the menu, a 50-page glossy magazine overflowing with mouthwatering photography — mostly of Asian street food. Each dish is beautifully represented and clearly explained. Even exotic-sounding items are so delectable-looking that you’ll likely have a hard time choosing between the garlic bone marrow soup, the drunken bird noodle soup or the crispy pig ears. Sandwiched between a fancy sunglass store and an art gallery selling $20K Steve Penley paintings in the Shops of Buckhead is Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria. It’s a stylish but casual neighborhood bistro where no dish tops $30. The restaurant’s flagship risottos are made with carnaroli rice, known for keeping its shape during the slow cooking process required for a creamy risotto. Also on the menu are salads like shrimp Louis and bufala mozzarella caprese, focaccia flatbreads, homemade pastas and pizzas made from a wood-stone oven. For dessert, try the tiramisu, which has an unimaginable density. For all the amore in the cuisine, Taverna offers a sophisticated Italian effort that doesn’t take itself too seriously despite its hoity-toity address.

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At the Food Terminal, the Chinese broccoli comes with oyster sauce. The Buford Highway spot has a modern-neon vibe.

Simmering Another world-famous premium steakhouse has decided to set up shop in Atlanta: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Rumors leaked by the parent company indicate it will open in Dunwoody and test a smaller footprint designed by the revered architects of Atlanta’s Johnson Studio. After witnessing the carpetbagging success of New York City import Halal Guys, Mamoun’s Falafel reportedly is planning six locations in metro Atlanta and Athens in the coming months. The fastcasual restaurant was founded in 1971 by Mamoun Chater, a Syrian immigrant, and serves falafel, shawarma and baba ghanoush. Social Club, a Southern gourmet-style restaurant and live music stage from Grammy winner Zac Brown, will be part of the soon-to-be-unveiled Philips Arena renovation. Brown owns Zac Brown’s Southern Ground at PNC Music Pavilion’s outdoor amphitheater in Charlotte, N.C., so he and his team know a thing or two about cookin’ and pickin’ for a crowd. If an Atlanta Falcons or Atlanta United game is in your plans this fall at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, make a B-line for Molly B’s, named for owner Arthur Blank’s mother, Molly. Molly B’s is partnering with Concentrics Restaurants on a chophouse-

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The Fritto Mista (top) at Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria features fried calamari, shrimp, zucchini and carrots with a spicy tomato aioli. Dessert at the Buckhead spot means tiramisu.

style menu developed by Michael Bertozzi (executive chef of TWO urban licks). Your chops come with views of downtown and the field. If you don’t have a ticket, you can visit for lunch on non-game days. Corner Tavern is moving to Hapeville after 15 years in East Point. The new location will have room for another concept from the team, Tren Loco Taqueria. Look for both in January or February 2018. Pizza lovers will be pie-high with two new entries — Harry’s Pizzeria in Phipps Plaza and The Local Pizzaiolo (pronounced PIZZ-zah-yo-lo) with four locations. Harry’s boasts James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz; the Local Pizzaiolo, a new Neapolitan-inspired spot, comes from acclaimed pizza master Giulio Adriani. Look for it in early October. Toast Norman’s Landing, an iconic Forsyth County seafood dive in the best sense of the word, made its final voyage in June, closing after 22 years in business and serving an estimated 3 million customers. Bill Norman, one of the founders of Longhorn Steakhouse, cited a $400,000 debt and maintenance issues as the reasons. … After 20 years, Broadway Cafe in Toco Hills schmeared its last bagel with lox in June. The former owners plan to launch a new kosher dairy restaurant in the same space.

Food for Thought, Encore Atlanta’s bimonthly dining column, keeps you up to date on openings, closings and chef news in one of three categories — well done (reasons for praise), simmering (what’s in the works) and toast (what’s closed, etc.). Email 52 ENCOREATLANTA.COM






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these local restaurants before or after the show. For dinner-and-show packages, visit

LOBBY — The much-praised Lobby Bar and Bistro is a stylish yet casual modern American bistro that entices guests with its tempting aromas and alluring atmosphere.. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370,, M ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — This one-ofa-kind concept, located in a renovated urban warehouse, offers approachable, high-energy American cuisine. Whether it is small plates or a three-course meal, ONE adds gourmet flair using the freshest seasonal ingredients. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen. com. M 54 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus led by Atlanta Chef Kyle Schmidt who comes to Paces & Vine after 8 years in Atlanta kitchens King and Duke, NEIGHBORHOOD CODES A Alpharetta

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AMERICAN LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, M

THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE JCT Kitchen, and No. 246 among others. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, V PARISH — Unique people, delicious food and good-for-the-Earth goods all come together at this brasserie and neighborhood café. Step off the BeltLine and join the vibrant culture of Inman Park. Whether you go upstairs to the brasserie or head downstairs to the café, expect inspired familiar American food, inventive beverages and warm hospitality. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, OFW SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, V TWO URBAN LICKS — Heats up the Atlanta restaurant scene with its fiery American cooking. The experience available at TWO urban licks has made it one of the city’s busiest restaurants on a nightly basis. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, M


AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE ROOM AT TWELVE — Go to this modern American steakhouse for drinks, steaks and sushi. You’ll find it on West Peachtree Street in the boutique TWELVE Hotel, Centennial Park. Room is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call or visit for reservations and more. 400 Peachtree St NW, #12, 404.418.1250., D RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris. com. A, B, D

SOHO’s Painted Hills short rib tacos, black pepper mustard, caramelized onions, cilantro sauce in potato shell.

SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen. com. B, M, V STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, stk-atlanta. M BREW PUB/GOURMET PUB FARE GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, M, B THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN — This Southern-inspired gastropub located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta “celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 55

THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE South,” using locally sourced ingredients in their fresh, modern take on traditional dishes. Beverages? Your choices run from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A208, 404.939.9845, B BREW PUB/GOURMET PUB FARE TAP –A GASTROPUB — The spot for seasonally driven, innovative comfort food. An extensive international beer list and innovative barrel wine program make TAP a convivial place to have a pint. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, M CREOLE/CAJUN COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta. com. V DINNER THEATER LIPS-ATLANTA — Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, part wa-a-ay over-the-top dinner theater in Brookhaven. The only things padded here are the waitresses. Open Wed.-Sun. only. Reservations required for dinner shows (not for the bar). Complimentary on-site valet parking. See website for more important information. 3011 Buford Hwy, 404.315.7711,, BH EUROPEAN FUSION ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, M ITALIAN LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposedbrick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, M


MEXICAN ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. NE, 404.968.9662, D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.873.4656, SPANISH/IBERIAN FUSION GYPSY KITCHEN — The culinary riches of Spain, influenced by Moroccan and Indian cuisines; sharable Spanish snacks and plates served in a stylish modern atmosphere in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A209, 404.939.9840, B SEAFOOD/SUSHI LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. M VEGAN HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787. M



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Eight newsy tidbits about the musical that has become an American classic. With this Lincoln Center Theater production, The King and I is making its sixth visit to the Fox Theatre. In that spirit, we offer a few fun facts about the classic musical from the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

• The musical premiered on Broadway on March 29, 1951, at the St. James Theatre. It ran for nearly three years, making it the fourthlongest-running Broadway musical in history at the time. It has had numerous tours and four Broadway revivals. • The show is based on Margaret Landon’s semifictionalized biographical novel Anna and the King of Siam (1944). • The Lincoln Center revival played 538 performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, a Broadway house. • Jose Llana, who plays the King, returns to the role after two starring engagements in the Lincoln Center revival. His Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling 60 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Bee (Drama Desk Award), Wonderland, Flower Drum Song, Rent, Street Corner Symphony and the 1996 revival of The King and (he played Lun Tha). •L aura Michelle Kelly, who plays Anna Leonowens, is an Olivier Award-winning actor, earning the honor for her performance as the title character in the London production of Mary Poppins. • Before The King and I, Kelly completed an 18-month run as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Broadway’s Finding Neverland, opposite Matthew Morrison (as J.M. Barrie) and Kelsey Grammer (as Captain Hook). She originated the role at the American Repertory Theater, earning an Elliott Award nomination in 2015. • The 1956 movie version of The King and I won five Academy Awards, including a best actor honor for Yul Brynner, perhaps the definitive King of Siam. Brynner won the 1952 bestfeatured-actor Tony Award for creating the role and, in 1955, won a special Tony Award honoring his 4,525 performances in the show he helped cement in American culture.


• This production was nominated for nine 2015 Tony awards and took home four. It won best musical revival, best leading actress (for Kelli O’Hara’s Mrs. Anna), best featured actress (Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang in her Broadway debut) and best costumes (for Catherine Zuber).