Angela Lansbury as Anna
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Author:  RainbowJude [ Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:58 am ]
Post subject:  Angela Lansbury as Anna


How often I have thought about how much I would have loved to see Angela Lansbury in The King and I when she performed in the show opposite Michael Kermoyan on Broadway in 1978. The revival opened in 1977 with Yul Brynner and Constance Towers and Lansbury was brought while Brynner was out on holiday. Certainly everything I've read about her in the role has led me to believe that she was excellent: her "Can I Tell You What I Think Of You?" was reportedly pretty fierce; her dynamic with Kermoyan incredibly effective and the death scene completely moving. How I wish there was at least a cast recording with Lansbury in the role!

Author:  louisecp72 [ Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Angela Lansbury as Anna

This is one of those times when you wish you had a time machine. I'm sure Angela would have been a magnificent Anna. It would have been even better to see/hear her with Brynner.

Lovely poster btw. Thanks for sharing!

Author:  The Duchess of Mint [ Tue May 14, 2013 12:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Angela Lansbury as Anna

Dear RainbowJude,

Holy cow! She was about 48, or so, at the time! She's ALWAYS been a great actress, but I am SURPRISED that they wanted her to play the role of Anna, when she was rather long in the tooth to be playing a 30-something widow.

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Author:  Salome [ Tue May 14, 2013 8:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Angela Lansbury as Anna

the role was written for Gertie Lawrence who was 51 at the time.

Author:  DarlingAnya [ Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Angela Lansbury as Anna

I had always imagined that she would have been perfect to play Anna. If only there was a cast recording of her performance...

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