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For Lamas, it’s a return to ‘The King’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 27, 2011

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If you’ve been sensing manliness in the air, it’s probably because Lorenzo Lamas (inset) is in town. The actor, known for his work on “Falcon Crest’’ and “The Bold and the Beautiful,’’ will appear in the North Shore Music Theatre’s new production of “The King and I,’’ which opens tonight. Lamas stars as the King of Siam, a part that his late father, Fernando, played on stage - and, to some extent, in real life. Lamas told us, shortly after arriving in Beverly, that like the main character in “The King and I,’’ his father had trouble coping with the changing roles of women during his lifetime. “He was very fair-minded - and struggling all of the time.’’ Lorenzo Lamas first played the King at the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2007. He wound up developing an attachment to Maine and sparked a close friendship with fellow motorcycle enthusiast Bob Appis, who, ironically, runs a restaurant named “The Egg and I.’’ Appis and Lamas, who share a love of bikes and theater, decided to start a company together, Lorenzo Lamas Cycles. Lamas says he already feels a strong connection to Massachusetts. He has pictures of his father and mother, Arlene Dahl, performing the show here in 1958. Lamas says he’ll channel his dad when he starts his run tonight. “So far, it’s my favorite role,’’ he told us. “The King and I’’ runs at the NSMT through Oct. 9.