MANILA, Philippines – After the success of its production of “The Sound of Music,” Resorts World Manila is now preparing for its next big musical, “The King and I.”
Resorts World announced that it will be holding auditions for “The King and I” from March 22 to 24 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.
Male auditionees were told to prepare “I Have Dreamed” from the Broadway musical, while females must sing “We Kiss In A Shadow.” Children ages 7 to 12 years old, meanwhile, must learn the song “Getting to Know You.”
Application forms for the auditions have been posted on the newly created “The King and I Manila” page on Facebook.
Composed by the songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who also created “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I” tells of the experiences of a British schoolteacher who is hired by the King of Thailand in the 1860s as part of his drive to modernize his country.
The musical is best known for the performance of actor Yul Brynner as the King, who went on to win an Oscar for the well-loved movie version.
"The King and I" was revived on Broadway in 1996 with Fil-American actor Lou Diamond Phillips as the King.
Lea Salonga was also part of a special recording of the musical released in 1992 with musical theater icon Julie Andrews.
Meanwhile, Resorts World Manila’s production of “The Sound of Music” is now the longest-running big-scale Filipino-produced Broadway musical. It has been extended numerous times and will now run until May 27.
According to Resorts World Manila, “The King and I” will run for three months from September to December this year.