One of the most beloved romantic musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “The King and I,” featuring Yul Brynner as the King and Constance Carpenter as teacher Anna Leonowens, started production at the St. James Theatre in New York City in 1953. This playbill is replete with information about the theatre, the musical, and other reviews. In addition, the playbill is filled with some of the most memorable 1950s print ads for well-known consumer products (such as Pontiac cars and Lucky Strike cigarettes) as well as some local and lesser-known items and services.
For being 60 years old, this playbill is in very good vintage condition. The pages have slightly discolored with age, and the front covers do have some minor spots. The lower-right edge of the playbill is slightly bent. None of the pages are frayed or torn.
This playbill with a photo of actor Yul Brynner on its cover would make for a wonderful addition to anyone’s collection of Broadway musical memorabilia. Because of the volume of 1950s ads, this item would also appeal to the collector of vintage advertisements and promotional materials.