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Flower Drum Song

Flower Drum Song was the eighth musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the 1957 novel, The Flower Drum Song, by Chinese-American author C. Y. Lee. It premiered on Broadway in 1958 and was then performed in the West End and on tour. It was adapted for a 1961 musical film.

After their extraordinary early successes, beginning with Oklahoma! in 1943, Rodgers and Hammerstein had written two musicals in the 1950s that did not do well and sought a new hit to revive their fortunes. Lee's novel focuses on a father, Wang Chi-yang, a wealthy refugee from China, who clings to traditional values in San Francisco's Chinatown. Rodgers and Hammerstein shifted the focus of the musical to his son, Wang Ta, who is torn between his Chinese roots and assimilation into American culture. The team hired Gene Kelly to make his debut as a stage director with the musical and scoured the country for a suitable Asian or at least, plausibly Asian-looking cast. The musical, much more light-hearted than Lee's novel, was profitable on Broadway and was followed by a national tour.

After the release of the 1961 film version, the musical was rarely produced, as it presented casting issues and fears that Asian-Americans would take offense at how they are portrayed. When it was put on the stage, lines and songs that might be offensive were often cut. The piece did not return to Broadway until 2002, when a version with a plot by playwright David Henry Hwang (but retaining most of the original songs) was presented after a successful Los Angeles run. Hwang's story retains the Chinatown setting and the inter-generational and immigrant themes, and emphasizes the romantic relationships. It received mostly poor reviews in New York and closed after six months but had a short tour and has since been produced regionally.

Music By - Richard Rodgers | Lyrics By - Oscar Hammerstein II | Stage Date - 1958 | Film Date - 1961


Richard Rodgers : Flower Drum Song - Revised Edition : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999121407 : 0881880779 : 00312140

Richard Rodgers : Flower Drum Song - Revised Edition

13 songs from the 1958 musical about Asian immigrants in San Francisco. Includes: Chop Suey - Don't Marry Me - A Hundred Million Miracles - I Enjoy Being a Girl - Love, Look Away - The Other Generation - Sunday - You Are Beautiful - and more.

Songlist: You Are Beautiful, Sunday, Don't Marry Me, Fan Tan Fannie, Grant Avenue, A Hundred Million Miracles, I Am Going To Like It Here, I Enjoy Being A Girl, Like A God, Love, Look Away, My Best Love, Chop Suey, The Other Generation, You Are Beautiful, Sunday, Don't Marry Me, Fan Tan Fannie, Grant Avenue, A Hundred Million Miracles, I Am Going To Like It Here, I Enjoy Being A Girl, Like A God, Love, Look Away, My Best Love, Chop Suey, The Other Generation

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Voicing: Solo | 40005b | Songbook | $14.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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A Hundred Million Miracles : SSA : Jill Gallina : Richard Rodgers : Flower Drum Song : Songbook : 00154676 : 888680102371

Jill Gallina : A Hundred Million Miracles

This charming song from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song makes an excellent addition to Broadway repertoire for a women's chorus.

Arranger: Jill Gallina | Composer: Richard Rodgers | Musical: Flower Drum Song

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00154676


A Hundred Million Miracles : 2-Part : Jill Gallina : Richard Rodgers : Flower Drum Song : Sheet Music : 00154677 : 888680102388

Jill Gallina : A Hundred Million Miracles

This charming song from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song makes an excellent addition to Broadway repertoire for a women's chorus.

Arranger: Jill Gallina | Composer: Richard Rodgers | Musical: Flower Drum Song

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00154677


I Enjoy Being a Girl : SSA : Jill Gallina :  Richard Rodgers : Flower Drum Song : Sheet Music : 00142232 : 888680047603

Jill Gallina : I Enjoy Being a Girl

SSA groups will have a blast with this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein song from Flower Drum Song that extols a girl's life - a bit campy, and lots of fun!

Arranger: Jill Gallina | Composer: Richard Rodgers | Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein | Musical: Flower Drum Song

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00142232


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