Oscar Hammerstein

Stunning 'King and I' at Toby's Columbia is worth a trip

King and I

Through March 25, Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia is offering a stunning production of "The King and I," which tells the story of an English widow and the king of Siam finding mutual respect and affection despite their different cultures.

The message of tolerance is masterfully told through the poetry of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II set to the enduring melodies of Richard Rodgers. The 60-year-old musical remains relevant today, and its message must have been groundbreaking when it premiered on Broadway in 1951.

Toby's production brings new life to this timeless story, as it captures a distinctive clash of cultures and the specter of forbidden romance, which give...