Congratulations to Paul Nakauchi, who made his debut as the “KING” in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award- winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I on Mar. 3, 2016 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Nakauchi usually plays the role of the Kralahome and is the understudy to the King, currently being played by Hoon Lee. Nakauchi will be performing the role at tonight’s 8:00PM show and the Sunday matinee (3:00PM). Click here for tickets.
I visited with him in the dressing room prior to his matinee performance.
Nakauchi began his theater career in the National Tour of The King and I with Yul Brynner. He understudied and performed the role of The King of Siam on Broadway in the 1996 revival opposite Donna Murphy. He also played The King on London’s West End with Elaine Paige, and has toured Asia in the Broadway Asia production of The King and I, recreating the same role. He toured the U.S. in the First National Tour of Miss Saigon understudying and playing the role of The Engineer. Other Broadway credits include Chu Chem.
Most recently, Nakauchi performed the role of Tatsuo Kimura in the world premiere production of Allegiance at The Old Globe in San Diego, opposite George Takei, Telly Leung, Lea Salonga and Michael K. Lee.
His movie credits include The Great Race and Dark Metropolis, Doctor Strange and he has been seen on television in “ER,” “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “The Legend of Korra,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and “Knots Landing.” His voice inhabits characters in the animated features The Invincible Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Alpha and Omega and the television cartoons “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” as well as numerous video games including Cars 2, Call of Duty: World at War and Lost Planet 3, to name a few. Nakauchi will also be featured in episode 10 of the next season of the Hulu series, “Deadbeat”.
Winner of four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I boasts a cast of 51 starring Hoon Lee as the King of Siam (through Wednesday, March 16), Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara, and featuring Ruthie Ann Miles (Tony Award winner – Best Featured Actress in a Musical) as Lady Thiang, Ashley Park (as Tuptim), Conrad Ricamora (as Lun Tha), Edward Baker-Duly (as Sir Edward Ramsey), Jon Viktor Corpuz (as Prince Chulalongkorn), Paul Nakauchi (as Kralahome), Marc Oka (as Phra Alack), Rocco Sisto (as Captain Orton), and Nicky Torchia (as Louis).
The production features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (2015 Tony Award), lights by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, and musical direction by Ted Sperling. Andrew Resnick conducts The King and I’s 29-piece orchestra performing the musical’s original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and its dance and incidental music by Trude Rittman.
The King and I is performed Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), at telecharge.com, or by visiting KingandIBroadway.com. A limited number of tickets priced at $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at Asians on Film on March 10th, The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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