Kids' Commute: The King and I - I Whistle a Happy Tune

May 11, 2015

Learn about the musical, "The King and I" this week on Kids' Commute!

This weekend, Interlochen Arts Academy is putting on the musical, The King and I

To celebrate, Kate Botello is walking us through five of her favorite parts of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show, on Kids’ Commute.

The King and I, is based on the 1944 novel, Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon.  Turns out that novel was based on the diaries of a lady named Anna Leonowens, who was a schoolteacher from England in the early 1860’s. Anna was hired by King Mongkut of Siam (now Thailand) to teach scientific, and modern knowledge to his many royal children.


When Anna and her little boy Louie arrive in Bangkok, Louie is very nervous about going to a foreign country. Because Louie is a little fearful of getting off the boat and stepping foot into Siam, Anna sings him a song called, I Whistle a Happy Tune, to cheer him up. And it did the job!

Do you ever whistle a happy tune, when you’re feeling nervous?

Music piece for today:
I Whistle a Happy Tune by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, performed by Marni Nixon 

Listen to the Kids’ Commute live on Classical IPR every weekday morning at 7:40am or listen to the archived episode at the top of the post.