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Confirmed: Ken Watanabe & Kelli O’Hara lead Lincoln Center’s King & I

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  • dude93
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    Japanese actor Ken Watanabe makes his Broadway debut starring alongside five-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O’Hara in Lincoln Center’s upcoming revival of The King and I. Previews start in March, and the show officially opens in April. Here’s hoping O’Hara finally gets that Tony.  

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    Kelli O’Hara is locked to finally win her long overdue tony with this role.

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    tonorlo
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    I really hate to be this guy, but remember that O’Hara has already had a swing and a miss with one Rodgers and Hammerstein heroine (and arguably a more complicated one, at that).

     

    I’ve said for years: in order to win a Tony, O’Hara needs a role that shows her as something more than a sweet and spunky soprano for hire, and “Anna Leonowens” seems likely to box her into that niche a little too neatly for comfort… At any rate, it seems very premature to start throwing around “lock status.”

     

    It really is too bad for O’Hara; her role in “Bridges” probably would have done the trick for her under different circumstances.

     

    And… Watanabe? Hmmm.

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    SkyLight
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    Seriously considering flying back to NY just to catch this.

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    Joe Burns
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    Oh, I would love to see this!! Hope it turns out stunning!!! 

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I really hate to be this guy, but remember that O’Hara has already had a swing and a miss with one Rodgers and Hammerstein heroine (and arguably a more complicated one, at that).

     

    I’ve said for years: in order to win a Tony, O’Hara needs a role that shows her as something more than a sweet and spunky soprano for hire, and “Anna Leonowens” seems likely to box her into that niche a little too neatly for comfort… 

    A swing and a miss?  She was TERRIFIC in South Pacific.

    And I think Anna Leonowens is a VERY big stretch for her.  Anna is an extremely different character from the likes of Clara and Nellie.  I, honestly, don’t know how well I see her fitting in the role.  If she is able to pull it off, all the power to her. 

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    tonorlo
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    I’m sorry, Carol; let me clarify. By “swing and a miss,” I was referring to the fact that she was nominated for the Tony, but failed to win.

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    But wasn’t she up against Patti Lupone in Gypsy? I don’t think anyone could’ve have beaten her.

    For next year, it’s only Kristin Chenoweth so far that’s competition.

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    Yeah, Kelli would have won if she wasn’t up against the juggernaut (though my personal vote would have been for Jenna Russell in Sunday in the Park with George).

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    Kelli would have been just as big of a lock as Patti was had Patti not been in the race that year.

    Very excited for this. I love Sher, I love O’Hara, I love the source material. I hope I love Watanabe as well.

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    I can see this revival sweeping the Tonys much like SOUTH PACIFIC did in 2008… I can see KING winning Best Revival, Best Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design of a Musical, as well as a possible win for Kelli. Such a lavish, sumptuous show, it’s bound to sweep the design categories.  

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    Aww…I was hoping that Far From Heaven musical would be a thing (after some major revisions obviously).

    I actually think, if everything goes well, O’Hara will have a great chance at winning. Donna Murphy won for this role, and it seems like a popular, iconic role the same way Mama Rose was for Lupone.

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    Guess I’ll finally have to watch “The King & I” recording that’s been languishing on my DVR for months now, taunting me.

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    Count me there. Official opening is April 16. So I guess now I know what dates to start booking a trip for.

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