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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

The King and I

Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1950

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I premiered on this day, March 29, in 1951, at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. It ran for nearly three years, making it the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history at the time, and it would go on to win the Tony Awards for Best Musical; Best Actress for Gertrude Lawrence, and Best Actor for Yul Brynner.

The King and I is the fifth musical by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II, who Karsh photographed together in 1950.

Karsh photographed Yul Brynner in 1956. See more.

Yul Brynner, 1956