Thursday, March 17, 2005

Houston: Siam I Am

Sing along with the Powers that be in The King and I

There's something about 19th-century Siam that just makes you wish you lived there. Come on, everyone wore fancy gold hats and bright silk outfits and danced around with fans. And all the children sang happy little songs about getting to know each other. At least this is the Siam of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, opening this weekend at the Hobby Center. It tells the story of a widowed Englishwoman, Anna, who travels to Siam, hoop skirts in tow, to be the governess of the king's many children. After initially thinking the king's an arrogant prick (though she conveys this with subtler language), she grows to love him. Prime-time '80s TV star Stefanie Powers stars as Anna; whistle a happy tune with her at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17. 800 Bagby. For tickets, showtimes and information, call 713-558-8887 or visit $27 to $72.

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