Chris Waits DSM is getting to know better musicals.
Dallas Summer Musicals, so often the host of half-baked road-weary tours of recent Broadway flops, has produced its own fairly lavish and beautifully cast revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The King and I, now winding up its short run at Fair Park. It's a good time to get reacquainted with the 60-year-old show. There's a big new King and I opening April 16 at New York's Lincoln Center starring Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara. And there's something about the subject matter -- a despotic 19th century ruler learning modern lessons of tolerance from a spunky lady English teacher -- that feels more contemporary, and more necessary, than ever.
DSM learned its own lesson on this topic in January when it was announced that they'd cast a non-Asian actor in the role of the King of Siam. After a letter of protest from members of the Asian American Performers Action Coalition, DSM's president and managing director, Michael A. Jenkins, and the show's director, Glenn Casale, recast it with Broadway and TV soap opera veteran Alan Ariano, who has played the king elsewhere.More »