We are now familiar with the latest revival of the King and I (who was Anna Leonowens), now playing on Broadway at the Lincoln Center, starring Kelli O'Hara as Anna and mostly Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam (above). Daniel Dae Kim (Lost and Hawaii 5-0) will be King on May 1. From HuffPo:
This production is based on what Siam was actually like, not what 1950s America thought Siam was like.
Turns out Kim starred as the King seven years ago at the Royal Albert Hall in London seven years ago
- she was probably Eurasian.
- never lived for any period in England before moving from Singapore to Bangkok,
- her husband was a clerk and not a famous military officer and
- was not in Siam when the King passed away, probably from malaria complications.