Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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  • A man dressed in traditional, 19th-century Singapore attire smiles at his dancing partner wearing a full ballgown.
  • A woman clasps her hands together at her waist while she looks upward and sings. "Absolutely stunning." Variety
  • "Magnificent. A sweepingly romantic production. How good to be getting to know the show all over again." Newsday. A man dressed in traditional Thai clothing sits on his knees while he reads a large book.
  • A woman and man lay on the ground each with their head propped up in their hand and smile at each other.
  • A woman laughs as a group of children and another woman encircle her for a hug.
  • A stage scene features actors dressed to resemble Buddhist and Thai figures while two people kneel in the center of the dancers and hold their hands to their chests in prayer.


7:30 pm Thursday, March 28, 2019

Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.”

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York magazine).

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Adult $68, $59
University Park Student $50, $41
18 and Younger $51, $42

Designer’s Studio
Kish Bank

support provided by
Sidney and Helen S. Friedman Endowment


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Secondary Events on Each Event

Shall We Dance?

11:00 am Saturday, February 2, 2019

State College Municipal Building
Community Room 201
243 S. Allen Street, State College

Free and open to the public; reservations required

A partnership with Penn State Ballroom Dance Club

Children ages 5–12 will have an opportunity to learn basic ballroom dance steps. Attendance is limited to fifty people, and reservations are required by Thursday, January 31.

Attendees will have a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to see Rodgers + Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I Thursday, March 28, at Eisenhower Auditorium.

Participants do not need dance experience or a dance partner. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For reservations, contact Medora Ebersole, education and community programs manager, at 814-863-6752 or mde13@psu.edu. If emailing, use the subject line: The King and I.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, March 28, 2019

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring THE KING AND I orchestra musicians Rebecca Hovan and Nathan Nix, is offered one hour before each performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Audio Description

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Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the performance. Phone 814-238-0132 to reserve this service.