B’way King calls it quits

Eighth major NY production since 1951

NEW YORK — Broadway’s revival of “The King and I” will close Feb. 22 after having played 26 previews and 781 regular performances, making the production the longest-running revival ever of the Rodgers & Hammerstein tuner.

Directed by Christopher Renshaw, “King” opened April 11, 1996, at the Neil Simon Theater and subsequently won Tony Awards for best musical revival, best sets and best costumes. Star Donna Murphy won the award for best actress in a musical. (Faith Prince subsequently took over the lead role; Marie Osmond currently is starring).

A spokesman for the show said the $5 million production is close to recouping its investment and could go into profit by the Feb. 22 closing.

Since the original was unveiled in 1951, eight major productions of the musical have been staged in New York. A new com-pany of the current revival is now on tour throughout the U.S. The revival was produced by Dodger Endemol Theatricals, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, James M. Nederlander, Perseus Prods. with John Frost and the Adelaide Festi-val Center, in association with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.

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