Cast / Creative

Laura Michelle Kelly

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Laura Michelle Kelly

Anna Leonowens

Laura Michelle Kelly is an Oliver Award winning actress for her star-making performance as the title role in the London production of Disney’sMary Poppins. Kelly just recently completed a year and a half run playing Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland, starring opposite Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer after originating the role at the American Repertory Theater (2015 Elliott Award Nominee). Her other Broadway credits include reprising her role in Mary Poppins and the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. West End credits include: My Fair Lady (Eliza), Speed The Plow, (Karen), Lord of the Rings: The Musical (Galadriel), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Whistle Down the Wind (Swallow), Peter Pan(Wendy), Les Miserables (Eponine), Mamma Mia! (Sophie). Regional: The King and I (Anna) and South Pacific (Nellie).  Film: “Sweeney Todd” (Lucy/Beggar Woman; dir. Tim Burton) and “Goddess” (2012 Cannes Film Festival) Album: The Storm inside (2006).  Recipient: Awarded Voice of Musical Theatre. Numerous radio, TV, concert appearances including Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, Royal Opera House, Millennium Stadium, Buckingham Palace and Performed for President Obama for the 4th of July celebrations. www.lauramichellekelly.net

Jose Llana

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Jose Llana

The King

Jose Llana returns to the role of “The King of Siam” after two starring engagements in the Tony-winning Lincoln Center revival of The King & I. He made his American Songbook debut in the spring of 2015, which led to the release of his second solo CD, Altitude in the spring of 2016. He earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal as Marcos in David Byrne & Fat Boy Slim's Here Lies Love at The Public Theater (dir. Alex Timbers) and most recently played Duke Orsino for The Public Theater’s Public Works musical adaptation of Twelfth Night (dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah) at The Delacorte. Broadway credits include Chip Tolentino in William Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award, dir. James Lapine), El Gato in Wonderland, Wang Ta in David Henry Hwang’s adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, Angel in RENT (dir. Michael Greif), Jessie-Lee in Streetcorner Symphony and his debut as Lun Tha in the 1996 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I opposite Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Off-Broadway appearances include Adam in Falling For Eve (York), Gabey in On the Town (dir. George C. Wolfe, Delacorte) and Adam Guettel’s Saturn Returns (dir. Tina Landau, Public Theater). Regional appearances include DistanceRunner in Poster Boy (Williamstown Theater Festival), Bill Sikes in Oliver! (Papermill), Guillaume in Cameron Mackintosh’s Martin Guerre (Guthrie Theater), Tin Man in Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf Theater, dir. Tina Landau, Jefferson Nomination - Best Supporting Actor) and Candide in Candide (Prince Theater, Barrymore Nomination - Best Actor). TV/Film appearances include HBO’s Sex and the City opposite Margaret Cho and Hitch with Will Smith. Appearing on numerous cast albums Jose is also a best-selling recording artist on the VIVA Philippines label.  Training from Manhattan School of Music.  Jose is a constant advocate for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and serves on the Musical Theater Council for The Public Theater.  www.josellana.com @thejosellana

JOAN ALMEDILLA

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JOAN ALMEDILLA

Lady Thiang

Joan is thrilled to be joining the King and I family and share the stage with her son playing as one of the royal children. Her credits include Broadway and National Tours: Miss Saigon (Kim), Les Miserables (Fantine), Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl, Mary u/s) Regional Credits: The King and I (Lady Thiang) at the Muny, Chess (Svetlana) at North Carolina Theater. At East West Players: Road To Saigon, Krunk Fu Battle Battle (Jean Lee), TEA, with Music (Himiko Hamilton), Chess (Florence),
Criers For Hire (Baby), Mama Bares: Once Upon A Play date. At Rubicon Theater: It’s Only Life (Joan), Songs For A New World (Woman 1) Joan played Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love with David Byrne at
Carnegie Hall. She has also performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the California Philharmonic. She was discovered by a Broadway Executive producer while she performed on Showtime at The Apollo. She
had the pleasure of narrating Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter And The Wolf with the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra. She’s a proud member of Actors Equity Association and all-female group, Mama
Bares. Love to Charles and CJ.
joanalmedilla.com

MANNA NICHOLS

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MANNA NICHOLS

Tuptim

Broadway: Allegiance; Regional: My Fair Lady (Arena Stage), South Pacific (Guthrie), Guys & Dolls (Goodspeed), Miss Saigon (KC Starlight Tour, Walnut St, Fulton), The King & I (Walnut St, North Shore), Les Miserables (Pioneer, Maine State); Film: Studio Vocals on Disney's Live-Action Beauty & the Beast. OCU Alumna. Thanks to BRS/Gage and Telsey + Co. For nephew, Jonah. Praise to God. www.MannaNichols.com

KAVIN PANMEECHAO

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KAVIN PANMEECHAO

Lun Tha

National tour: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip). Regional: A Chorus Line (3-D Theatricals), Into the Woods (Lucas Theater), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Lawrence Welk Resort), Their Eyes Saw Rain (Company of Angels), Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse). UK: Romeo and Juliet (Nuffield Theater). BA, UCLA; MFA, SCAD. So much love and thanks to my mom and dad, my friends, my team at Semler Entertainment and Bret Adams Agency, and especially Bartlett Sher and Ted Sperling for this wonderful gift. Twitter/IG: @kavindpan

Anthony Chan

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Anthony Chan

Prince Chulalongkorn

Bay Area native. National Tour: Anything Goes (John). Off-Broadway & NYC: Manuel vs. the Statue of Liberty (Jack/Ensemble, NYMF), Allegiance (Pre-Broadway workshop), Hesitation Waltz (Comic). Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ching Ho), Valley of the Heart (Calvin Sakamoto), Avenue Q (Princeton), …Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino), Ching Chong Chinaman (Upton), All Shook Up (Dennis), Oliver! (Noah Claypole). Love and thanks to family, friends, Nicola, FFAM, RFUFAM, The King and I team, and Rachelle. BA: UC Irvine; OΔH. @chanttt

BAYLEN THOMAS

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BAYLEN THOMAS

Captain Orton, Sir Edward Ramsey

Broadway: The Big Knife, Merchant of Venice (with Al Pacino), Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline), The Coast of Utopia, After the Fall, Henry IV, King Lear (with Christopher Plummer), Proof. Off-Broadway: Prodigal Son, Twelfth Night, From Up Here, Chaucer in Rome. Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Merrimack Rep, Old Globe, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Film: The Beaver, The Namesake. TV: Madam Secretary, Blacklist, Good Wife, Unforgettable, Rubicon, Life on Mars, Law and Order. MFA: USD/Old Globe.

GRAHAM MONTGOMERY

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GRAHAM MONTGOMERY

Louis Leonowens

Native of Louisiana, previously seen as Young Charlie in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Regional: Ragtime (Little Boy) and To Kill A Mockingbird (Charles Baker "Dill"
Harris). Gratitude and love to family, Eddie, Ellen, Trapper and Badiene. graham-montgomery.com

BRIAN RIVERA

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BRIAN RIVERA

Kralahome

Broadway: The King and I. Regional: The Orphanof Zhao, Major Barbara (American Conservatory Theater); American Night, Hamlet (California Shakespeare Theater); Yellowjackets (Berkeley Rep); Posibilidad ( San Francisco Mime Troupe); Fukú Americanus, Alleluia: The Road (Campo Santo); Rashomon, The King and I (Sierra Repertory Theatre). TV: "Trauma", "Cuff Me If You Can".

Darren Lee

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Darren Lee

Ensemble

Broadway: Allegiance, Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On The Town, Kiss Me Kate, Seussical the Musical, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, Shogun the Musical, Victor/Victoria. Feature Film: Sisters (Salon Owner), Chicago, Hackers (Razor). Director/Choreographer: Broadway Associate, Off Broadway, Regional, International, Holland America Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line. www.darrenlee.com

HEATHER BOTTS

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HEATHER BOTTS

Ensemble

Heather is thrilled to be joining this brilliant company! Broadway: Doctor Zhivago (Lara/Tonia u/s). Select theatre credits: Austen’s Pride (Elizabeth), The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Les Miserables (Cosette), South Pacific (Nellie), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Tarzan (Jane), Grease (Sandy), Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife). Love to Pat, Drew, CGF, and this incredible team. MM OKCU. www.heatherbotts.com

LAMAE CAPARAS

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LAMAE CAPARAS

Ensemble

LaMae is excited to be with The King and I company again after performing its Broadway run. Favorite credits include Broadway: The King and I (Uncle Thomas), South Pacific, The Lion King. First National Tour: Fosse (lead). Regional: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Karate Girl), Miss Saigon, Chita Rivera & Friends. Film & TV: Ahsoka Tano of "The Clone Wars", New Year's Eve, Across The Universe, Chappelle's Show. Dance & Choreography: TV on The Radio,The Knocks, Six Scents Parfum. Event producer: Taste Gallery, LICK Events, A.L.Romano Wines, Falling Whistles, Soulciety. Mahal and inspiration to my family, mentors, and friends!

ANDREW CHENG

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ANDREW CHENG

Ensemble

Andrew made his B'way debut last year in Lincoln Center's The King & I. Andrew, a native New Yorker and graduate of New York University, has performed all over the U.S.and Europe. His credits include productions of West Side Story, Chicago and several productions of The King & I. Thanks and love to Mom, Dave and John.

MICHELLE LIU COUGHLIN

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MICHELLE LIU COUGHLIN

Ensemble

Michelle is a New York City-based actress, singer, and filmmaker. Theatre: Avenue Q, Barrio Grrrl!, A New Brain, Miss Saigon and The King & I. TV/Film: Hostages, Limitless, Allegiance, It’s Complicated and a new Netflix series. Filmmaker: Jane!, 2B (Asian American Film Lab Top 40), in development Left Behind. www.michelleliucoughlin.com

DANIEL J EDWARDS

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DANIEL J EDWARDS

Ensemble

Daniel is happy to be alive and performing. Broadway: Anything Goes Revival (Sailor Quartet). Regional: Disney’s Little Mermaid (Pilot/U.S King Triton), Disney’s Mulan (Captain Shang), and more. Daniel also does voiceover for Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and more. Twitter handle: @jackydan513

Nicole Ferguson

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Nicole Ferguson

Ensemble

Tour: Sister Act (Swing). Favorite credits: The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza, and The Full Monty. Thanks to Bart, Telsey + Co., Abbie, and all mentors. Proud OCU graduate. Lots of love to family, friends, and Eric. For Grammy Sumiko.

Marie Gutierrez

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Marie Gutierrez

Ensemble

National tour debut! Regional: The Producers, How To Succeed… , Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls , The Best Little Whorehouse… , The King and I , In The Heights, Hello, Dolly! , Miss Saigon. Marie is a Los Angeles native and a CSU, Northridge graduate. Love to her friends, family and Orbs.

Mindy Lai

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Mindy Lai

Ensemble

Mindy graduated from Fordham University/ The Ailey School with a BFA in Dance. She made her Broadway debut at the Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I (Ensemble, “Topsy”). Dance Companies: Elisa Monte Dance, Jessica Gaynor Dance, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, VON USSAR danceworks.

Q Lim

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Q Lim

Ensemble

Broadway national tour debut! Broadway: The King and I (Tuptim u/s). Regional: The King and I (Tuptim), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse,Riverside), Disenchanted (Mulan) Concerts/other: Broadway’s Rising Stars (The Town Hall, NYC), Disney Cruise Line (Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas). Huge thanks to Telsey, Bart, mom, dad, and my hubby.

STEPHANIE LO

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STEPHANIE LO

Ensemble

Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Ensemble). Regional: The King and I (Dallas Summer Musicals, Carousel Dinner Theater), Miss Saigon (Flat Rock Playhouse), Flower Drum Song (AMTSJ), A Chorus Line (Lees-McRae Summer Theater).

MICHAEL LOMEKA

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MICHAEL LOMEKA

Ensemble

The Juilliard School (BFA), Jacksonville University (MFA). BROADWAY: The King and I. OFF BROADWAY: A Christmas Carol (MSG). CONCERT DANCE: Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. LAS VEGAS: Celine Dion's A NEW DAY (Caesars Palace), Cirque du Soleil's VIVA ELVIS (Aria Resort).

Nobutaka Mochimaru

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Nobutaka Mochimaru

Angel/George, Ensemble

Broadway: The King and I. Off-Broadway: Queen of the Night (The Box). Regional: The King and I (various companies), Idomeneo (Los Angeles Opera). International: The Lion King (Shiki Theatre Company); The Lightseeker, Voyage De La Vie (RWS, Singapore), Wicked (Universal Studios Japan), The Land of Legends (Turkey, Franco Dragone).

Michiko Takemasa

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Michiko Takemasa

Ensemble

Broadway: The King and I(Little Eva). National Tour: The King and I. Regional: Big River(Brooklyn's Gallery Players), Miss Saigon(North Shore Music Theatre), The King and I(Sacramento Music Circus, Casa Mañana, Arkansas Rep, Harbor Lights Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Mountain Playhouse, Shawnee Playhouse), Sayonara(La Comedia). Ballet: The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Carmen in Japan. Featured in TV Asahi's documentary "Miraimon" in Japan. Thanks to Bart, Chris, Abbie and Telsey + Co for making possible to share the stage with my son, Noah.

Rommel Pierre O'Choa

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Rommel Pierre O'Choa

Ensemble

Fresh off the Broadway Company of The King and I he is excited to bring this wonderful show on the road. He's performed globally with musicals such as Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Hello Dolly and The King and I. He's also an accomplished competitive pole artist/athlete.

Yuki Ozeki

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Yuki Ozeki

Ensemble

Most recently she appeared in Broadway revival of The King and I (Dance Captain, Swing.) Her long association with the show includes several National Tours (Topsy, Eva, Simon) and numerous regional productions such as Zach Theater, LTOK (Associate Choreographer) and Lyric Opera of VA (Choreographer.)  Other credits include Miss Saigon (National Tours; Dance Captain, Swing), A Chorus Line (Connie) and Hello Dolly!  NYU graduate.

MARCUS SHANE

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MARCUS SHANE

Ensemble

Broadway: Mamma Mia! National Tours: Anything Goes (Roundabout Theatre Company). NYC/Regional: Oklahoma! (NAAP), Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh CLO, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre Aspen, TUTS, Dallas Summer Musicals, MT Wichita, Cape Playhouse. Love to Mom and Dad, The Mine, Britney Spears, and all The King and I family!

Sam Simahk

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Sam Simahk

Ensemble

Sam most recently performed in a site-specific concert version of Ragtime on Ellis Island at the beginning of August. Past credits include: The King and I (Lyric Opera of Chicago and Ocean State Theatre), A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre Company), Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Sondheim on Sondheim, Spelling Bee (Lyric Stage Company), Big Fish (Speakeasy Stage Company), Miss Saigon (Starlight Theatre and The Ogunquit Playhouse). Born and raised in Ashburnham MA, he is a proud graduate of Emerson College and member of AEA.

Jeroffrey Watson

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Jeroffrey Watson

Ensemble

Jeroffrey whom also goes by J, was born/raised in New York where he still currently lives and has been dancing since he was a young child. He is a graduate of the Professional Performing Arts School in midtown Manhattan where he trained at Alvin Ailey and continued to do so into his adult life. Throughout his career, Jeoffrey has worked in theater as well as commercial dance and has also taught dance and beginner gymnastics for over 20 years at a local studio in his hometown. Jeoffrey has performed Ulysses Dove's Bad Blood with the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, performed for the Blue Man Group, performed on America's Got Talent and the ELLEN Show. Jeoffrey has also done the Canadian tour of The Aluminum Show, has performed for New York Fashion Week and is New York's inaugural Mr. New York 2010.

Kelli Youngman

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Kelli Youngman

Swing

National Tour Debut! Broadway: The King and I (Ensemble/Dog/Archer). Dance: works by Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, George Faison, Samar Haddad King (Ailey Citigroup), Helen Hatch Inside/Out (Jacob’s Pillow). Other: Legally Blonde (Pilar/Norwegian Cruise Line). BFA in Dance (Fordham University/The Ailey School). Love and thanks to the Universe, my family, Steve, soul sisters, and CTG!
@kelliyoungman

Jaden Amistad

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Jaden Amistad

Royal Child

Jaden is thrilled to make his National Tour debut with The King and I. Other credits: La Folia (Short Film). A special thanks to his teachers and friends.  Love to Mom, Dad, Kayla, Shorty, and family. Instagram: @jaden_dex

Kayla Amistad

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Kayla Amistad

Royal Child

Kayla is honored to join the National Tour of The King and I. National Tour: Matilda! (Amanda). Other credits: Purpose World Tour Children Dancer for Justin Bieber in Philadelphia. Thanks to all her teachers, mentors, family, and friends, especially Mom, Dad, Jaden, and Shorty for all the continued love and support.  Instagram: @kkstylz

Adriana Braganza

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Adriana Braganza

Royal Child

Adriana is 9 years old. LCT/Broadway credits: King and I Community Theatre credits at The Center Stage Studios: Sound of Music, Aladdin Jr, Snow White and Freezing

Amaya Braganza

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Amaya Braganza

Royal Child

Amayta is 14 years old. LCT/Broadway: King and I, Annie. Community Theatre: Center Stage studios

Noah Toledo

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Noah Toledo

Royal Child

Noah Toledo (also known as Nono) is excited to make his National Tour debut with the King and I. Noah is in 3rd grade who loves basketball (St. Anthony's MVP), baseball, and karaoke.  Noah would like to thank his teachers at The OLC School, mom, dad, and extended family for their continued love and support.

Rylie Sickles

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Rylie Sickles

Royal Child

Community Theater: The Wizard of Oz (Lullaby League Munchkin/Poppy) at Matthews Playhouse and Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Pepper/Child) at CPCC Summer Theater Rylie is in 1st grade and also in her 3rd year dancing competitively at Steps N Motion Dance Studio. Rylie is so excited to be in the national tour of The King and I. She would like to thank God, her parents, siblings Caylie & Andrew, Grandma & Pop Pop, and her dance family at Steps for all their love and support.

Rhyees Stump

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Rhyees Stump

Royal Child

Rhyees is delighted to be making his National Tour debut with “The King and I”. Some of his previous Regional credits include The Music Man (Winthrop), Cabaret (Young Nazi), and Oliver! (Oliver). In addition to musical theater, Rhyees enjoys playing the electric guitar, piano, and baseball, traveling with his family, skiing and performing magic tricks. Rhyees would like to thank his mom, dad, three older sisters and grandparents for all their love and support along with Nancy Carson and Bartlett Sher for this amazing opportunity

CJ Uy

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CJ Uy

Royal Child

CJ is excited to be joining the King and I family. This is his first National Broadway Tour. He has been performing almost half of his life. He holds a black sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu. When not performing he is interested in filmmaking, stop motion animation, golf and robots. Credits include: Untitled MTV Pilot (Little Tony), Tosh.0 (Little Orphan), SXSW 2014 Industrial (Christian LaBlanc),
Virginia529 (Little Monster) Love to Mama & Papa and Baby Bares. strawrats.com