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Arts & Entertainment - May 3, 2019

'Flower Drum Song' blossoms anew

Palo Alto Players' version of Rodgers and Hammerstein Chinatown musical is kitschy, moving and fun

by Karla Kane

"Flower Drum Song" is generally regarded as one of musical-theater masters Rodgers and Hammerstein's lesser efforts. And the 1958 original is seen by many as hopelessly outdated, corny at best and perpetuating offensive stereotypes at worst. However, "Flower Drum Song," in its day, was also a landmark in representation, the first Broadway musical focused entirely on Asian Americans, featuring a cast of (mostly) Asian heritage.

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Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at [email protected]