A week before opening day, the Lyric Opera of Chicago shared a series of delightful images of the “The King and I” cast hard at work. In the photos, the actors are seen perfecting their dance moves, acting and singing their hearts out.
According to the official press release on Thursday, we get a glimpse of not only the main cast, but the child actors as well. The entire cast joins the main stars, Paolo Montalban and Kate Baldwin. The press release states,
“Principal casting for The King and I also includes Broadway artists Ali Ewoldt (Tuptim), Alan Ariano (The Kralahome) and Rona Figueroa (Lady Thiang), along with Sam Simahk (Lun Tha) and Chicagoland artists Charlie Babbo (Louis Leonowens), Jomar Ferreras (Interpreter), John Lister (Captain Orton), David Parkes (Sir Edward Ramsay), Peter Sipla (Phra Alack) and Matthew Uzarraga (Prince Chulalongkorn). All but Lister make their Lyric debuts. The all-Chicagoland children’s ensemble for the production includes Sophie Mieko Ackerman, Alexis Aponte, Lilly Fujioka, Avonlea Hong, Leila Koss, Evangelyn Lee, Liliana Martens, Lucy Martens, Rika Nishikawa, Ana Joy Rowley-Mathews, Benedict Santos Schwegel, A’naam Singh, Zachary Uzarraga and Sophia Woo. These young performers range in age from 5 through 14. The King and I is the fourth Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to be presented as part of Lyric’s American Musical Initiative.”
You can be captured by the majestic beauty of “The King And I” from April 29th thru May 22nd at the Civic Opera House.
A Special Thanks to Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Silverman Group for the images and info.