Director & Lead to Shave their heads “Yul Brynner” style for Kids with Cancer  

LA 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.    

East versus West makes for a dramatic and ultimately uplifting visual and musical masterpiece.  THE KING AND I is the true story of an Englishwoman, Anna Leonowens, who comes to Siam (known today as Thailand ) 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 “Shall We Dan ce?” this show won the Tony Award® for Best Musical in 1951 and remains a delight for audiences of all ages.  

“The 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.”  

“Not 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.”  

As part of J*Company’s educational and charitable outreach, Dan 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 Children’s Hospital of San Diego . Donations can be made through  

Myers 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!!"  

Landwehr 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 San Diego 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.  

Heading the cast of THE KING AND I are:  

Lady Anna                              Ali Viterbi                   17        San Diego Jewish Academy  

The King                                 Dan iel Myers               16        High Tech High International

Tuptim                                     Hana Pak                     17        Torrey Pines High School

Lun Tha                                   Zachary Herzog          16        Westview High School

Louis                                       Conrad Mazur             12        Audeo Charter School

Princess Ying Yaowlak           Rebecca Penner           11        San Diego Jewish Academy

Prince Chululongkorn             Josh Shtein                  13        Standley Middle School

Lady Thiang                            Gabriella Lipson          12        San Diego Jewish Academy

Eliza                                        Dan ielle Levin             16        San Diego SCPA

The Angel                               Ashley Lynch              13        Nativity Catholic School

Simon of Legree                     Scott Peterson             14        San Diego High School of the Arts                       


Show Dates and Times:  

Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. (School Show)

Saturday, December 5, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 6, 4:30 p.m.


Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 11, 10:00 a.m. (School Show)

Saturday, December 12, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 13, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.  


THE KING AND I Movie Musical Sing-A-Long  

Join 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!   

Dress 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 13, 2009.   

THE KING AND I Movie Musical Sing-A-Long will be held on Thursday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m.  

General Information  

Tickets for THE KING AND I are $13 for children and $17 for adults and are available online at 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 , La Jolla .


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