When: Sun., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Pound-for-pound, The King and I contains Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beautiful score. Carousel has the waltz, South Pacific has some funny interludes and Sound of Music has the whole nuns vs. Nazis thing, but we do love Anna and the King.
We can't wait for Opera Idaho's in-concert treatment of The King and I, Friday, Aug. 15, at Idaho Botanical Garden and Sunday, Aug. 17, at Crooked Flats in Eagle. By the way, "in concert" means they cut to the chase and drop a lot of the dialogue, making for a nicely paced "best of" evening. But we're also guessing that the King of Siam and Anna may take a loving spin or two across the stage during "Shall We Dance?" because they're being portrayed by husband and wife Jason and Michele Detwiler. Members of Opera Idaho's children's choruses play all of the King's heirs.