December 1, 1997 |
The actor playing Anna in "The King and I" need not be a singer. Consider Gertrude Lawrence, who originated the role in 1951 on Broadway. She was not much of a singer. Nor was Deborah Kerr, whose songs in the 1956 film version of the Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein musical were dubbed by Marni Nixon. In fact, the show is famous for making a star out of that least of singers, Yul Brynner, who not only originated the role of the King of Siam but seemed to make it his life's work.