“Shall We Dance?” – The King and I
Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
This musical about British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens and her experiences with the King of Siam while charged to educate his many children was a huge success for all involved. Original Broadway cast member Yul Bynner was so dynamic as the king, he won a Tony Award, reprised the role on film and won an Oscar, and went on to play the role thousands more times onstage until his final performance on this day in 1985. In this number, Anna and the king share an intimate moment when they dance together for the first and last time.