Julie Andrews / John Mauceri / Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

The King and I [1992 Studio Cast]

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This is a studio recreation of the Rodgers And Hammerstein musical by The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by John Mauceri, with soloists Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley. Andrews is perfect casting; she restores to the show its true nature as a star vehicle (it was written for Gertrude Lawrence), she embodies the role of the English tutor, and she sings brilliantly. Kingsley brings a contemporary, distanced cool to the role of the King of Siam, and the cast is effectively filled out by Lea Salonga and Peabo Bryson (as the lovers who sing "We Kiss In A Shadow"), and by Marilyn Horne (who sings "Something Wonderful"). Mauceri has opted to use the orchestrations developed for the movie version, which gives the score an added sweep and depth. This is the exception to the many opera-singers-doing-a-musical recreations we've been seeing over the last few years. It makes you wish Andrews and company would take it to New York.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The King and I
1 1:32 Amazon
2 0:24 Amazon
3 2:25 Amazon
4 2:31 Amazon
5 2:07 Amazon
6 3:28 Amazon
7 2:39 Amazon
8 3:11
9 1:41 Amazon
10 3:06 Amazon
11 4:41
12 2:43 Amazon
13 4:33 Amazon
14 3:47 Amazon
15 3:35
16 2:47 Amazon
17 2:46 Amazon
18 3:36
19 2:23 Amazon
20 4:23 Amazon
21 5:44 Amazon
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