Jose Llana Begins Performances in The King and I Revival on B’way

first_img Jose Llana Shall we dance? Jose Llana will begin performances as the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I on July 14. Llana steps in for Tony nominee Ken Watanabe and will remain in the production through September 27. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the 2015 Tony-winning revival also stars Tony winners Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles, and is playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.Llana recently starred as President Marcos in Here Lies Love opposite Miles off-Broadway. His Broadway credits include Wonderland, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song, Rent, Streetcorner Symphony and the 1996 production of The King and I, in which he performed the role of Lun Tha. On screen he has been seen in Hitch and Sex and the City.The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam (Llana) and Anna Leonowens (O’Hara), a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.The cast of The King and I additionally features Ashley Park, Conrad Ricamora (who also appeared in Here Lies Love with Llana), Edward Baker-Duly, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Murphy Guyer, Jake Lucas, Paul Nakauchi and Marc Oka.Hoon Lee will begin performances as the King on September 29. View Comments Related Shows The King and I Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

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NFF to Assist Nwakali over Visa Issue

first_img“The federation has been working hard to get his visa sorted as quickly as possible, but it’s taken longer than expected,” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.“We hope it will come out after the Easter break to enable Nwakali return to Portugal.”He has made 16 appearances this season for Porto’s reserve side, who play in the second tier of Portuguese football, but has now missed the club’s last four league matches.A 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup and Golden boot winner, Nwakali was snapped up by Arsenal in August 2016 as the Gunners beat a string of Europe’s leading sides, including Manchester City, German, Dutch and Spanish clubs to his signing.He spent time on loan at Dutch clubs VVV-Venlo and MVV Maastricht [two loan spells] between 2016 and 2018 but struggled to make a major impact, before moving to Porto in July 2018.Back in August, he earned a call-up to the senior Nigeria squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Seychelles, but did not play.Nwakali did play for a Nigeria XI in a friendly against Spanish club Atletico Madrid five months before.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kelechi Nwakali The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that it is working hard to secure the visa that will enable stranded youth international Kelechi Nwakali to return to Portugal.The 20-year-old Arsenal midfielder, who is on loan at FC Porto’s B team, is unable to leave Nigeria almost a month after playing in a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic men’s football tournament.Officials confirmed that Nwakali was in Portugal on a single-entry visa and so now needs a renewal to return after he played on 25 March, however, the process is taking longer than they hoped.last_img read more

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