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Ohio native stars in Columbus' performance of 'The King and I'

Ohio native Elena Shaddow (Courtesy: CAPA)

An Ohio native will perform a leading role in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King and I," directed by Bartlett Sher.

CAPA announced Elena Shaddow from Chagrin Falls, Ohio will perform the role of Anna Leonowens in the show's Columbus premiere.

“I don’t think there is anyone in the American theater who possesses Elena’s rare combination of qualities—a soaring, pure voice, extraordinary acting skill, all held together by uncommon grace. She genuinely lights up the stage,” stated Sher. “And she is almost born to play 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."

In the show, Anna Leonowens is a British school teacher hired by the King of Siam to educate his wives and children.

"The King and I" revival won four Tony Awards in 2015 including Best Revival of a Musical.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center at 39 E. State St. or online at ticketmaster.com.

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