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Sandy Duncan brings her career full circle in "The King and I"
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Sandy Duncan plays Anna in "The King and I," now playing at the Ordway in St. Paul. She says she enjoys the role, because it gives her a chance to portray a full character. (Photo courtesy of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts)

St. Paul, Minn. — Sandy Duncan is perhaps best-known for her role in "Peter Pan," her stint on the television show "The Hogan Family," and her perky commercials for Wheat Thin crackers. Now she says wants to be known for something else. She's taken the role of Anna in the musical "The King and I" to change people's perceptions about her.

Duncan says loves playing Anna -- a determined governess who overcomes a clash of cultures and falls in love with the stubborn King of Siam. It gives her a chance to show an audience that she can sing and create a full character.

The Tony award-winning play is currently playing at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. Set in 1862 in the royal court of Bangkok, "The King and I" has a memorable Rogers and Hammerstein score featuring "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Getting to Know You."

MPR's Greta Cunningham sat down to get to know the star of the show, Sandy Duncan.

To listen to their interview, choose the audio link in the right column.

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