CONTINUES SEASON OF
& HAMMERSTEIN MUSICALS WITH
KING AND I
& Lead to Shave their heads “Yul Brynner” style for Kids with Cancer
JOLLA, CA – The award-winning J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San
Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, is pleased to announce its production of the Rodgers and
Hammerstein’s charming, autobiographical musical THE
KING AND I. The production will run December
3-13, 2009, at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre.
versus West makes for a dramatic and ultimately uplifting visual and musical
KING AND I is the true story of an Englishwoman, Anna Leonowens,
who comes to
(known today as
) as schoolteacher to the royal children of King Mongkut in the 1860s.
Eventually, Anna and the King grow to understand and respect one another in a
truly unique love story. With a dazzling score featuring such songs as
“I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You,” and the ever-popular
ce?” this show won the Tony Award® for Best Musical in 1951 and remains a
delight for audiences of all ages.
second show in our glorious tribute season to Rodgers and Hammerstein brings us
this musical masterpiece THE KING AND I
and a cast that is absolutely first rate,” said J*Company Artistic and Show
Director Joey Landwehr. “While many theatres are utilizing recorded
music for this work to save on expenses, J*Company’s production will be
accompanied by a full 20-piece orchestra.”
only will J*Company audiences be among the first in San Diego to experience the
musical performed fully orchestrated in half a decade,” said Landwehr, “and
based on the economy they are likely to remain the only ones for a while.
This production will also feature the Music Direction of Jason Chase (who
recently worked on the Broadway touring version with Stephanie Powers) and the
scenic design of Tony Award® winner David Weiner.”
part of J*Company’s educational and charitable outreach,
ny Myers, playing the role made famous by actor and cancer victim, Yul Brynner,
along with, Joey Landwehr, J*Company Artistic and Show Director, will both
be shaving their heads to raise money and raise awareness for children with
cancer. J*Company has teamed up with Miracle Makers, a program of Rady
. Donations can be made through www.lfjcc.org/miracle.
noted, "To properly take on the role of the King, I was not required to
shave my head, but when I learned of this opportunity to help children in our
community that are literally fighting for their lives, I knew I had to do it.
When I told my director, Joey, about the cause, he decided to join me in this
gesture. I feel honored to be part of this venture with Joey!!"
is directing THE KING AND I.
He has worked extensively as an actor and director in
New York City
, both on and off Broadway, as well as in national tours and regional theatre.
He has studied under such instructors as Betty Buckley, Marcel Marceau, Francis
Sternhagen, F. Murray Abraham, Twyla Tharpe, and has had the privilege of
working with great performers such as Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Joel Grey,
Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein and Howard Keel. Landwehr is a member of
the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio
Artists (AFTRA) and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). Landwehr was honored in
2006 by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine
as one of the 40
residents under the age of 40 who are making significant contributions to the
community. Landwehr most recently directed Pocahontas,
Into the Woods, Fireflies, and South
Pacific for J*Company.
the cast of THE KING AND I are:
16 High Tech High International
17 Torrey Pines High School
Zachary Herzog 16
Westview High School
12 Audeo Charter School
Ying Yaowlak Rebecca
13 Standley Middle School
Gabriella Lipson 12
16 San Diego SCPA
13 Nativity Catholic School
High School of the Arts
Dates and Times:
December 3, 7:00 p.m.
December 4, 10:00 a.m. (School Show)
December 5, 8:00 p.m.
December 6, 4:30 p.m.
December 9, 7:00 p.m.
December 11, 10:00 a.m. (School Show)
December 12, 8:00 p.m.
December 13, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.
KING AND I Movie Musical Sing-A-Long
J*Company for a magical movie experience and bring the entire family!
Watch THE KING AND
I (the movie) on the big screen at the David & Dorothea Garfield
Theatre, as you sing-a-long, clap-a-long and following the bouncing ball to
lyrics. First 50 attendees receive a special goodie bag on that night!
up as your favorite character from THE KING
AND I and sing along with the film. A prize will be awarded for
best costume. Admission price is $8.00/JCC members and $10.00/Non-members with
half off for season subscribers; Season Subscriptions available until December
KING AND I Movie Musical Sing-A-Long will be held on Thursday,
December 10th at 7:00 p.m.
for THE KING AND I are $13 for
children and $17 for adults and are available online at www.sdcjc.org/jcompany
or by calling the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348.
The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre is located at the Lawrence Family
Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS at
4126 Executive Drive