Tickets Still Available for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, September 5, 2017 –Tickets are still available for the first show in the 2017-18 Proctor & Gamble Broadway Series, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, coming to Walton Arts Center Oct. 3-8, 2017 for a limited 8-show engagement.

Single tickets, on sale now, start at $36 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting 

Produced by The Lincoln Center Theater and directed by Bartlett Sher, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. The production delivers on all that audiences expect from a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical including lavish sets, a sweeping story and beloved musical classics, but Sher’s production also includes some new elements too.

“The themes of The King and I that they picked up in 1952 are even more resonate today,” Sher said. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization has all of the early drafts of the musical, and Sher went through those to see where material that had been cut along the road.

“We put them all back into this production,” Sher said. “Themes of traditional cultures struggling with how to change or transform, the education of women in underserved third world context and fundamentally how you actually change a culture from one thing that might seem to be an old way of life to a new way of life.”

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam, played by Jose Llana, and Anna Leonowens, played by Laura Michelle Kelly, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features beloved classics such as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.”

Show Times:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 pm and 7 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 pm and 8 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 pm

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Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit