As previously announced, the production, from
The role will be Watanabe's Broadway debut, though the Oscar-nominated actor has appeared in theater productions in his native Japan.
"The King and I" was first seen on Broadway in 1951 with Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence. The subsequent movie version saw Brynner reprise his role, with Deborah Kerr taking over the role of
Brynner won an Oscar and Tony for his performances and ended up reprising the stage role a number of times throughout his career.
The musical is based on the book "Anna and the King of Siam," by Margaret Landon.
Bartlett Sher will direct the revival production, having recently collaborated with O'Hara on the musical version of "The Bridges of Madison County." In 2008, Sher teamed with Lincoln Center Theater to revive another Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, "South Pacific," which also starred O'Hara.