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The King and I is the soundtrack to the 1956 film of the same name which was distinguished from the Broadway cast album chiefly by Alfred Newman's expanded orchestrations and by the presence of Marni Nixon in the role of Anna Leonowens. On film, the part was played by Deborah Kerr, but Nixon, one of the best invisible voices in Hollywood (she also ghosted Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady) is the wonderful singer of songs like "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Getting to Know You," sung onstage by Gertrude Lawrence, who died before the film was made. Yul Brynner repeats his performance as the king, and Rita Moreno gets to play Tuptim and sing "We Kiss in a Shadow." This is a Hollywood adaptation done right -- bigger and more dramatic than Broadway can be, with a show that benefits from the frills -- and makes you wonder why they didn't always do as well.

Track listing

  1. Main Title
  2. I Whistle a Happy Tune
  3. My Lord And Master
  4. The March Of The Siamese Children
  5. Anna and The Royal Wives
  6. Hello, Young Lovers
  7. A Puzzlement
  8. Getting to Know You
  9. Garden Rendezvous
  10. We Kiss In A Shadow
  11. I Have Dreamed
  12. Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You?
  13. Something Wonderful
  14. Prayer To Buddha
  15. Waltz of Anna and Sir Edward
  16. The Small House Of Uncle Thomas
  17. Song Of The King
  18. Shall We Dance?
  19. The Letter
  20. Something Wonderful (finale)
  21. Overture (LP version)
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The King and I (Soundtrack/Video)
Anna LeonowensLouis LeonowensKing MongkutMoonsheeRamaTuskerPrince ChulalongkornTuptimThe Royal ChildrenKralahomeMaster LittleSir Edward Ramsey
I Whistle a Happy TuneHello, Young LoversA PuzzlementGetting to Know YouWe Kiss in a ShadowSomething WonderfulThe Small House of Uncle ThomasSong of the KingShall We Dance?
The Royal PalaceKralahome's Lair
The Royal PendantThe Magic Gong
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