Alum Brian Rivera lands lead role in 'The King and I' at Broadway San Jose

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Photo of Brian Rivera seated in front staircase

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- Bay Area actor Brian Rivera will be playing the King of Siam for more than half of the eight performances of The King and I when Broadway San Jose brings director Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award-winning 2015 revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts.

Born and raised in Sacramento, the Filipino-American actor got his drama degree from San Francisco State and quickly started appearing in shows all around the Bay Area. “Mainly Campo Santo, which is my home theater company, but I also worked with the Mime Troupe and Cal Shakes and one show with Berkeley Rep,” he says. He even played the Kralahome in The King and I once before, at Sierra Rep. It was when he was in American Conservatory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse’s coproduction of The Orphan of Zhao that he first heard about this Broadway revival.

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