Daniel Dae Kim Goes To The Royal Hall

Friday, June 19, 2009

Not quite my style, but still sounds like a better way to spend a summer versus having to hitch rides all the time because you were asked to stay off the road.

The Lost star is in London taking on the role of the King of Siam in a £3 million production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The King and I, while his hit US TV show is on a summer hiatus. But Kim is aware that Brynner's performance in the 1956 film adaptation became so iconic that he set the standard for all actors who followed him [...]

Although he has never starred in a musical before, nor sung professionally, the star says he chose The King and I for his London stage debut because he missed treading the boards - and is a huge Rodgers and Hammerstein fan. "I was looking around for the right opportunity and this one came along," he says. "This is a dream role - for an Asian American man there aren't many roles that are written for us where we play royalty, where we are leaders."

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