‘King and I’ version passes the Thai culture test; keeps lush music, great acting

'King and I' version passes the Thai culture test; keeps lush music, great acting - The Herald-Sun, March 6, 2008
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When she learned that the Tony award-winning "The King and I" is banned in Thailand because of its perceived racist and inaccurate portrayal of King Mongkut and Thai culture, theater instructor Hope Hynes had to rethink her choice for this year's musical at East...
To restore as much accuracy as possible, given the script, Hynes brought in Songphan Choemprayong, a doctoral student at UNC, to serve as dramaturg and to work with students so that their physical actions, such as bowing, and their costuming would honor Thai culture...
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