Review: Resorts World Manila's The King and I

Sometimes some thoughts are just too hard to express. The word etcetera may have been easier to express "and other things" for the actors of Rogers and Hammerstein's all-Filipino theater play, The King and I at Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila last Sunday. Starring the famous Nonie Buencamino as the King and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Anna, the two acts stage play had so many young members of the audience laugh at particular scenes. The world-acclaimed King and I bagged 5 Tony Awards in its original Broadway run, 5 Academy Awards for its 1966 film adaptation and had also nominations from other prestigious award-giving bodies for its outstanding presentation of the Siam culture. I watched the movie adaptation "Anna and The King" by Jodie Foster and Chow-Yun Fat in 1999 so I was already familiar with the scenes and the plot. Compared to the movie, Anna will fly back to England with his son as the son takes over the kingdom. The story may have changed but the conflict established on how the east meets the west in culture was brilliant. The beautiful colorful costumes, the dances and the production design was flawless. There were even bit players who had to use fan and strips of paper to create the snow ambiance staging a play within the play. What I could not forget was the group of kids who acted as the King's children from selected wives (mentioned to be 77 and only a few were chosen to learn from Anna, the school teacher) being familiar with the emotions because I am also a teacher. I hope my students get to watch the "King and I" extended until May at Resorts World Manila. This is a better way to make children learn about how cultures vary from different countries and how important it is to value respect from elders and kings. Be amazed at how etcetera can be so unforgettable watching the "King and I" showing until May 2013. For more information please visit for schedules and tickets purchase.