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Flower Drum Song

The generation gap is given the Rodgers & Hammerstein treatment in this colorful approach to the age-old conflict.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Elementary School / Primary, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups

  • Accolades:
  • Nominee! 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical (1959)
The generation gap is given the Rodgers & Hammerstein treatment in this colorful approach to the age-old conflict.

In San Francisco's Chinatown of the late '50s, nightclub owner Sammy Fong's traditional family has ordered him a picture-bride from China, hoping to end his pursuit of an enticing dancer. Mei Li arrives, shy and at sea in a world she doesn't understand, and it's clear that she's the wrong gal for the totally assimilated Sammy. However, she may be just the ticket for Sammy's buddy, whose traditionalist father is fighting a losing battle with his kids against rock `n' roll, baseball, sports cars and the typical trappings of the modern American life-style.

By turns raucous and heartfelt, the solution to this delightful Chinese puzzle of properly matching the young people while reconciling the old is a celebration of American ingenuity.

REVIEWS:

"FLOWER DRUM SONG continues to live and breathe, and sing, as joyously as it did three and a half decades in the past...Revolutionary for its time, it continues to be so in ours."

Inside Asian America

"Another notable work by the outstanding craftsmen of our musical theatre...a lovely show, an outstanding one in theme and treatment."

New York Daily Mirror
Premiere Production: In 1958, Flower Drum Song opened at the St. James Theatre, New York, and ran for 600 performances.
  • Casting: 5M, 6F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Minority casting, Roles for Children
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • MADAM LIANG
    LIU MA
    WANG SAN
    WANG TA
    WANG CHI YANG
    SAMMY FONG
    DR. LI
    MEL LI
    LINDA LOW
    MR. LUNG (The Tailor)
    MR. HUAN (The Banker)
    HELEN CHAO
    PROFESSOR CHENG
    FRANKIE WING
    HEAD WAITER
    NIGHT CLUB SINGER
    DR. LU FONG
    MADAM FONG
    DANCING ENSEMBLE
    CHILDREN
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto/Vocal Books
    1 x Piano Vocal Scores

    $24.00
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Libretto/Vocal Books
    2 x Piano Vocal Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Piano Vocal Score
    1 x Flute I (Doubling Piccolo, Alto Flute)
    1 x Flute II (Doubling Piccolo)
    1 x Oboe (Doubling English Horn)
    1 x Clarinet I (Doubling Alto Sax)
    1 x Clarinet II (Doubling Alto Sax)
    1 x Horn I - II
    1 x Trumpet I - II
    1 x Trumpet III
    1 x Trombone I
    1 x Trombone II
    1 x Tuba
    1 x Percussion (Toms-Toms, Drums (Trap Set), Shell, Bells, Timpani, Cymbal, Soft Bells, Gong, Xylophone, Temple Block, Castanets, Ratchet, Vibraphone, Oriental Drum, Flower Drum [Steel Mallets, Sticks, Brushes]
    2 x Violin I (Divisi)
    2 x Violin II (Divisi)
    1 x Viola (Divisi)
    1 x Cello (Divisi)
    1 x Bass
    1 x Harp
    1 x Guitar (Doubling Banjo and Mandolin)

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Lib/Vocal Book 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Libretto/Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm