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Welcome to Prospero's Blog! My wife Mollie and I work together in our Rough Magic studio on the coast of Maine. I've always loved old books, memorabilia, curiosities and Americana (especially 19th century dramatic literature) and am happy to share my discoveries in my Etsy Shops. Please come by and browse ~ there's just no telling what you'll find!

March 29, 2009

The King and I -- Musical Theatre Program - 1951 Premiere Production

Look what we found!!!

Here's a vintage program from the original New York production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical, The King and I.

Gertrude Lawrence received top billing as the only star in this production, playing the role of Anna (later played by Deborah Kerr in the movie version), while the relative newcomer Yul Brynner was listed first among the supporting cast. Brynner had previously appeared on the New York stage only once, as the male lead opposite Mary Martin in Lute Song.

This program has been stored for several decades and is in fairly good condition for its age. It's a bit musty and has some age spots on the front and back covers, a tear at the lower left front corner (see arrow in image), and wear and small tears at the edges and corners of the pages. Except for the centerfold, which is detached but intact, all the pages are firmly stapled, clean and without markings.

To view this program and other vintage "finds" in our Etsy Shop, Prospero's Bookshelf, click here.

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