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I can only buy one recording. Which recording should I buy? 

Which is your preferred cast recording of "The King & I" ???
The one with Yul Brynner & Gertrude Lawrence 40%  40%  [ 8 ]
The one with Yul Brynner & Marni Nixon 20%  20%  [ 4 ]
The one with Yul Brynner & Constance Towers 20%  20%  [ 4 ]
The one with Lou Diamond Phillips & Donna Murphy 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
The one with Christopher Lee & Valerie Masterson 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
The one with Martin Vidnovic & Christiane Noll 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
The one with Barbara Cook & Theodore Bikel 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 20

I can only buy one recording. Which recording should I buy? 
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Post I can only buy one recording. Which recording should I buy?
I am looking to expand my collection of cast recordings, but am on a limited budget and can only afford one recording of each show - so I was wondering which recording of "The King & I" the people here at Musicals.net think is the best - and which one they think I should avoid like the plauge....


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i dont know who is who but i think you should either go with the original cast recording or the most recent one

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Definetly the 77 revival cast, with Bryner and Towers. Its the complete score expect its missing "Uncle toms cabin", a few reprises, and some underscoring. The great part is..it includes "Western People Funny", which is rarely used in a professinal production. The singing is just fantastic, definetly has one of the best Tuptims. U needa get this one.

The movie version, and the Barbara Cook version are also great!


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No, the studio recording w/ Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley is the MOST complete.

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Nope! The Julie Andrews studio cast does NOT include "Western People Funny", and is missing many reprises, and plus does not include "The Royal Bangkok Academy" like the 77 album does.


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OK, I stand corrected. I somehow thought that was a quite complete recording.

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I recommend the Broadway revival cast recording, which is particularly notable for a sublime performance of `I have Dreamed'. It also has the colourful new orchestrations and fine performances from Donna Murphy and the supporting cast. Superior to its West End counterpart which featured a miscast Elaine Paige.


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The Julie Andrews version is more in key with the film orchestrations and presentation. The Constance Towers version is fab (June Angela is probably the defintive Tuptim) though personally I'd go for the Donna Murphy version.

PS - the original London cast (with Herbert Lom and Valerie Hobson) has just been released on CD with selections from GOLDEN CITY. Visit www.footlight.com for more info about it!

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The two i recommend are the OBC with Gertie and the 1977 revival with Brynner and Toers...Towers is far from an Ideal Anna ..but its brynners best performance as King. And its the most complete recording.

Lawrence and Donna Murphy are IMO the finest anna's.

I own all the versions mentioned and each has strong points. Christopher Lee is indeed a fine King..but Masterson is a dreadully over operatic Anna.

Phillips is too youthful for King...

Cook is a credible anna and Bikel a comeprnt King.

Herbert Lom does a Yul Brynner imitation and Hobson is a delight.

Andrews and Kingsley fare rather well...but As much as I love Martin Sheen..why is he doing Kralaholme?

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I'm going to saw the Julie Andrews one. It's definately not the most complete, but I'm a die-hard Julie Andrews fan, so I recommend anything with Julie.

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I'd go with the Brynner/Nixon record. Then again, anything with Yul on it is a must have for any King and I collection.

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Dont forget the Lincoln Center revival cast starring Darren McGavin and Rise Stevens.

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