Elena Shaddow, last seen on Broadway as Ottilie in The Visit, is joining the touring Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I as Anna Leonowens beginning March 20 in Tempe, Arizona. She succeeds Laura Michelle Kelly, who has been with the national tour since its launch in the fall of 2016.
Kelly will play her final performance in the Tony Award-winning revival March 18 in Tucson, Arizona. For the full tour schedule visit TheKingandITour.com.
Shaddow will join a company that includes Jose Llana as the King of Siam, with Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Charlie Oh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.
Shaddow has also been seen on Broadway as Anne in La Cage aux Folles, Bridges of Madison County, The Woman in White, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Sweet Smell of Success, and Les Misérables. She starred as Mary Poppins in last year's production at Paper Mill Playhouse.
“I have worked with Elena for many years, going back to The Light in the Piazza and The Bridges of Madison County. I don’t think there is anyone in the American theatre who possesses her rare combination of qualities: a soaring, pure voice, extraordinary acting skill, all held together by uncommon grace,” commented director Bartlett Sher in a statement. “She genuinely lights up the stage. And she is almost born to the part of Anna in The King and I. She has power, a strong will, and immense kindness. And she can break your heart onstage. She is all heart, and a perfect voice.”
The LCT production of The King and I won four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
The ensemble includes Madeline Trumble, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Kristen Choi, Max B. Ehrlich, Marie Gutierrez, Rie Hatanaka, Marina Kondo, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Julius Sermonia, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway, Ryan Stout, Michiko Takemasa and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Paige Amistad, Jaden D. Amistad, Sydney Chan, Spencer Donovan Jones, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Keira Belle Young as the Royal Children.