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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Nov 04, 2002 4:47 pm ]
Post subject:  "Flower Drum Song"

Blooming Broadway
Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'lost' musical Flower Drum Song is back - but will it be a hit? Edward Karam in New York for The Guardian finds out.

For theatre lovers, finding a lost Shakespeare play would be like finding the Holy Grail. But for fans of musicals? How about a "lost" Rodgers and Hammerstein show? The King and I, Carousel and Oklahoma! are cornerstones of the repertory, but the reappearance of Flower Drum Song on Broadway is a surprise. The 1958 musical about Chinese immigrants in San Francisco was, according to Hammerstein, "a lucky hit", but it has lain on the shelf for decades, a victim of its simple-minded ethnic stereotypes.
In 1996, however, the Asian-American playwright David Henry Hwang, author of M Butterfly, was given permission to rewrite the book. His version is still the story of Mei-Li, a girl who arrives in San Francisco after fleeing Maoist China, but here she is taken under the wing of a theatre owner called Master Wang, who performs Beijing Opera classics to scant houses just to keep the art form alive.

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Author:  Ferreira [ Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: "Flower Drum Song"

I like all types of music, but my favorite is classical music. Lyrics are the actual words expressed. I think it shows in me that I have a lot of different moods and depending on my mood is going to rely on what type of music/lyrics I want to hear.

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