Overview


Synopsis

Set in the late 1950s, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song centers on naive immigrant, Mei-Li, who arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown, after fleeing communist China. The young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese Opera theatrical tradition alive, despite his son's determination to turn the family theatre into a rowdy nightclub. Over the course of the piece, we see generations of Asian-Americans grappling with their identity, pulled between a desire to uphold the traditions of their Asian past and a need to feel vitally part of the American present.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead



Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1958
Time & Place
san francisco, 1950s
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Heavy
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen characters

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