Flower Drum Song [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Rodgers & Hammerstein return to a theme that had served them well in both The King and I and South Pacific: misunderstanding and reconciliation between individuals of differing cultural backgrounds. This 1958 musical revolved around the meeting of old and new worlds in San Francisco's Chinatown. Flower Drum Song has a serviceable score but is not the team's most exciting. The novelty "I Enjoy Being a Girl" is more often excerpted than the lovely and overlooked "Love Look Away." The show also resulted in a film adaptation and ran for 600 performances in New York, where it was directed by Gene Kelly. The New York cast, featuring Miyoshi Umeki who was in the film adaptation, does very well with this bright and lovely...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Rodgers & Hammerstein return to a theme that had served them well in both The King and I and South Pacific: misunderstanding and reconciliation between individuals of differing cultural backgrounds. This 1958 musical revolved around the meeting of old and new worlds in San Francisco's Chinatown. Flower Drum Song has a serviceable score but is not the team's most exciting. The novelty "I Enjoy Being a Girl" is more often excerpted than the lovely and overlooked "Love Look Away." The show also resulted in a film adaptation and ran for 600 performances in New York, where it was directed by Gene Kelly. The New York cast, featuring Miyoshi Umeki who was in the film adaptation, does very well with this bright and lovely score. ~ Marjorie Ellen Ruhlmann and Sarah Erlewine
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646095829
  • Catalog Number: 60958

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Overture (4:13)
  2. 2 Act 1. You Are Beautiful - Ed Kenney (4:04)
  3. 3 Act 1. A Hundred Million Miracles - Conrad Yama (4:26)
  4. 4 Act 1. I Enjoy Being A Girl - Pat Suzuki (3:37)
  5. 5 Act 1. I Am Going To Like It Here - Miyoshi Umeki (3:53)
  6. 6 Act 1. Like A God - Ed Kenney (1:36)
  7. 7 Act 1. Chop Suey - Juanita Hall (2:39)
  8. 8 Act 1. Don't Marry Me - Miyoshi Umeki (4:13)
  9. 9 Act 1. Grant Avenue - Pat Suzuki (2:36)
  10. 10 Act 1. Love, Look Away - Arabella Hong (3:35)
  11. 11 Act 1. At The Celestial Bar: Fan Tan Fannie / Gliding Through My Memore - Jack Soo (5:06)
  12. 12 Act 1. Entr'acte (1:34)
  13. 13 Act 2. The Other Generation - Keye Luke (3:17)
  14. 14 Act 2. Sunday - Larry Blyden (4:23)
  15. 15 Act 2. The Other Generation (reprise) - Baayork Lee (2:03)
  16. 16 Act 2. Wedding Parade / A Hundred Million Miracles (reprise) - Miyoshi Umeki (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodgers & Hammerstein Primary Artist
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
George Young Ensemble
Anita Ellis Track Performer, cast
Juanita Hall Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Pat Suzuki Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Jose Ahumada Ensemble
Fumi Akimoto Ensemble
Paula Chin Ensemble
Victor Duntiere Ensemble
Helen Fumai Ensemble
Pat Griffith Ensemble
Mary Huie Ensemble
Marion Jim Ensemble
Bett Kawamura Ensemble
Baayork Lee Vocals, Ensemble, Track Performer
George Li Ensemble
David Lober Ensemble
Robert Lorca Ensemble
Wonci Lui Ensemble
George Minami Ensemble
Jo Anne Miya Ensemble
Denise Quan Ensemble
Vicki Racimo Ensemble
Shawnee Smith Ensemble
Maureen Tiongco Ensemble
David Toguri Ensemble
Mabel Wing Ensemble
Yuriko Ensemble
Susan Lynn Track Performer
Ed Kenney Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Larry Blyden Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Miyoshi Umeki Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Keye Luke Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Arabella Hong Track Performer, cast
Jack Soo Vocals, cast
Patrick Adiarte Vocals, cast
Conrad Yama Vocals, cast
The Orchestra Track Performer
Flower Drum Song Cast Ensemble cast
Flower Drum Song Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Rose Quong Vocals
Linda Ribuca Vocals
Susan Lynn Kikuchi Vocals
Salvatore Dell'Isola Musical Direction
Cely Carrillo Vocals
Flower Drum Song Cast cast
Yvonne Ribuca Vocals
Luis Robert Hernandez Vocals
Anita Allis Vocals
Technical Credits
Gene Kelly Director, Direction
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Bud Graham Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist, Book
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Oliver Smith Scenery
Jose Ahumada Contributor
George B. Dale Liner Notes
Victor Duntiere Contributor
George Li Contributor
David Lober Contributor
Robert Lorca Contributor
George Minami Contributor
David Toguri Contributor
Darcy Proper Producer
Ken Fredette Art Direction
Irene Sharaff Costume Design
Carol Haney Choreographer
Eleanor Becker Editorial Production
Joseph Fields Book
Salvatore Dell'Isola Musical Director
Buddy Graham Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Overlooked R&H

    OK,so it's no "King And I".The book is dated and over-sentinmental.But
    "Flower Drum Song" is a small,underrated Rodgers and Hammerstein show.
    Its biggest asset is the tuneful score,well performed here by a wonderful cast.Miyoshi Umeki and Pat Suzuki are especially outstanding.The album's
    highlights are Suzuki's funny and delightful "I Enjoy Being A Girl",
    Umeki's lovely "I Am Going To Like It Here",and best of all,Arabella
    Hong's haunting "Love,Look Away"(the last two among R&H's loveliest ballads).A charming and fun album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UNDER-RATED MUSIC

    VERY MUCH A MUSICAL THAT SHOULD STAND ON ITS OWN MERITS!!! GREAT ORCHESTRATION AND LYRICS--A MUST FOR ANY MUSICAL COMEDY ADDICT

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