PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Brace yourselves, theatregoers.  The Walnut Street Theatre has launched an ambitious production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, the celebrated musical that’s been on the boards for about 60 years.

There is no question that it’s a show with a glorious score and an involved history.  The production first opened on Broadway in 1951, ran for close to 1,300 performances, captured numerous awards, inspired a movie, and charmed the imagination of the multitudes.

The current production has been brought to life by teams  of talented area designers and actors, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin.

The show demands considerable talent, so there’s more than one team involved in the production — an army of youngsters along with mature, talented adults.

The sets are impressive to a fault, the performances are the same.  It’s easy to understand why the audience appreciates this lengthy performance.

The Walnut plays host to a very memorable The King and I, through January 8th.

Reviewed by Bob Nelson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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