Flower Drum Song [New Broadway Cast Recording]

Flower Drum Song [New Broadway Cast Recording]

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The hit Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song owes its success to may factors --David Henry Hwang's revamped book; Don Sebesky's sparkling orchestrations; Robert Longbottom's snappy direction and choreography, among them-- but none more so than the talent and star presence of Lea Salonga. A Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon,…  See more details below

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The hit Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song owes its success to may factors --David Henry Hwang's revamped book; Don Sebesky's sparkling orchestrations; Robert Longbottom's snappy direction and choreography, among them-- but none more so than the talent and star presence of Lea Salonga. A Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon, Salonga perfectly inhabits the leading role of Mei-Long in this brilliantly revamped version of the original 1958 show. The score itself is a wonder featuring such highlights as "A Hundred Million Miracles," "Grant Avenue," "You Are Beautiful," "Love, Look Away," and the feel-good classic "I Enjoy Being a Girl," here given an effervescent reading by Salonga. Capturing all the poignancy and dazzle of the musical itself, this original cast recording is both an enchanting souvenir for those who have enjoyed the show and a self-contained delight for those whom haven't yet had the pleasure of seeing the musical.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The hit Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song owes its success to many factors -- David Henry Hwang’s revamped book, Don Sebesky’s sparkling orchestrations, and Robert Longbottom’s snappy direction and choreography, among them -- but none more so than the talent and star presence of Lea Salonga. A Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon, Salonga perfectly inhabits the leading role of Mei-Long in this brilliantly revamped version of the original 1958 show. The score itself is a wonder, featuring such highlights as "A Hundred Million Miracles," "Grant Avenue," "You Are Beautiful," "Love, Look Away," and the feel-good classic "I Enjoy Being a Girl,” here given an effervescent reading by Salonga. Capturing all the poignancy and dazzle of the musical itself, this original cast recording is both an enchanting souvenir for those who have enjoyed the show and a self-contained delight for those who haven’t yet had the pleasure.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Flower Drum Song is unique among Rodgers & Hammerstein's musicals in that it was neither a massive success like Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, nor a flop like Allegro, Pipe Dream, and Me & Juliet. It was a moderate success: Its 600-performance run on Broadway, 1958-1960, returned a profit to investors; its cast album was a gold-selling number one hit; and it spawned a film that was one of the Top Ten grossers of 1962. That it was not revived on Broadway for 44 years, however, has more to do with its creaky libretto than its initial popularity. The story of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco, based on a popular novel of the day, may have been forward-looking in the late '50s, when the sight of a stage largely full of Asian-heritage actors was surprising on Broadway, but after decades of increased ethnic pride, it seemed stereotyped, and that the show's best-known song was "I Enjoy Being a Girl," which, taken out of context, sounded anti-feminist, didn't help. The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization has taken radical measures to get the show back to Broadway, allowing playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) to dispense with the original libretto and write a whole new book. Hwang's new take is less apparent on a cast album that only features the songs, but there are indications of his changes throughout, with lyrics reconfigured and sometimes clearly sung tongue-in-cheek. And Don Sebesky's new orchestrations don't just use oriental quotes, as did Robert Russell Bennett's; they delve more deeply into Asian styles. Lea Salonga leads an excellent cast in executing the new version. Flower Drum Song is still a minor, if pleasant entry in the Rodgers & Hammerstein catalog, but it has been given a successful face-lift here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2003
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471299625
catalogNumber:
12996
Rank:
10310

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Prologue: A Hundred Million Miracles  - Lea Salonga
  2. Act 1. At the Golden Pearl
  3. Act 1. I Am Going to Like It Here  - Lea Salonga
  4. Act 1. I Enjoy Being A Girl  - Sandra Allen
  5. Act 1. I Enjoy Being A Girl (Encore)  - Sandra Allen
  6. Act 1. You Are Beautiful  - Jose Llana
  7. Act 1. Grant Avenue  - Sandra Allen
  8. Act 1. Sunday  - Jose Llana
  9. Act 1. I Enjoy Being A Girl (Reprise)  - Lea Salonga
  10. Act 1. Fan Tan Fannie  - Sandra Allen
  11. Act 1. Gliding Through My Memoree
  12. Act 1. Finale: A Hundred Million Miracles  - Lea Salonga
  13. Act 2. Chop Suey
  14. Act 2. My Best Love  - Alvin Ing
  15. Act 2. I Am Going to Like It Here (Reprise)
  16. Act 2. Don't Marry Me
  17. Act 2. Love, Look Away  - Lea Salonga
  18. Act 2. The Most Filial Son
  19. Act 2. Like a God  - Jose Llana
  20. Act 2. Like a God (Reprise)  - Jose Llana
  21. Act 2. Processional
  22. Act 2. Finale: A Hundred Million Miracles  - Jose Llana

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Chase   Conductor,Vocals
Ray Grappone   Percussion,Drums
Jill Jaffe   Violin,Viola
Howard Joines   Percussion
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Clay Ruede   Cello,Erhu
Russ Rizner-French   Horn
Lea Salonga   Vocals,cast
Jack Schatz   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Marti Sweet   Violin
Mineko Yajima   Mandolin,Violin,Concert Master
Christoph Franzgrote   Violin
Paul Woodiel   Violin
David Evans   Synthesizer,Piano
Marisol Espada   Cello
Chuck Wilson   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Andrew Schwartz   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Pipa
Richard Heckman   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stu Satalof   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Grace Paradise   Harp
Eric Chan   cast
Daniel May   cast
Alvin Ing   Vocals,cast
Mark Oka   cast
Jose Llana   Vocals,cast
Randall Duk Kim   cast
Sandra Allen   Vocals,cast
Marcus Choi   cast
Claire Chan   Violin
Emily Hsu   cast
Lou Bruno   Bass
Susan Ancheta   cast
J. Elaine Marcos   cast
Telly Leung   cast
Yuka Takara   cast
Flower Drum Song Cast Ensemble   cast
Jodi Long   Vocals
Flower Drum Song Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Randall Duk Kim   Vocals
David Evans   Synthesizer,Piano
Allen Liu   Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Chase   Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements,Direction,Dance Arrangement,Music Adaptations
Don Sebesky   Orchestration
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer,Engineering
Joan Marcus   Production Photography
Richard Heckman   Engineer
LuAnn Graffeo   Art Direction
Bruce Pomahac   Associate Supervisor
Theodore S. Chapin   Liner Notes
Robin Wagner   Scenic Design
David Henry Hwang   Book
Gregg Barnes   Costume Design
Robert Longbottom   Director,Choreographer
Wayne Blood   Associate Supervisor
Craig Schwartz   Cover Photo
Lu Ann Graffeo   Art Direction

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Flower Drum Song [New Broadway Cast Recording] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just bought my FDS CD today and all I can say is it is FANTASTIC!!! From the very first time Ms. Salonga opens her mouth to sing, I was hooked. IMHO, she possesses one of the most beautiful and melodious voices in Broadway today. Her leading man, Jose Llana is equally wonderful. I definitely prefer this over the original CD. After listening to this fabulous CD a couple times, I immediately bought tickets for next month in Broadway. Very highly recommended!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the better Broadway albums I've gotten in a while. The music is beatiful, new and exciting; the voices powerful and clear. I think it captures and preserves everything that made this musical wonderful. Lea Salonga's "Love Look Away" and the opening number "A Hundred Million Miracles" evoke all the images of the production. Sandra Allen's renditions of "I Enjoy Being a Girl" and "Fan Tan Fannie" are fun and flirtatous and have now become my new favorites. Musical Director/Co-Producer David Chase makes note in the CD jacket about the tradiional Chinese instruments that are used in the show and their sounds come through like a dream on this recording, especially the strong and vibrant percussion which the show relies heavily on. Following the concept of the show, the music showcases the struggle between tradition and conformity. It utilizes both the traditional sounds of Chinese instruments and opera as well as more modern technology and pop sounds. Different from the orginal in that some characters have been eliminated and new characters introduced and songs re-assigned. While sticking to the old Rogers and Hammerstein score, the CD is laced with pieces of David Henry Hwang's new book. An excellent addition to any Broadway fan's collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new recording is close to perfect. Gorgeous musical arrangements, soaring melodies, a top-rate singing cast! Rodgers and Hammerstein's music on this opus is seriously underrated in my opinion. And the cast has truly given justice to the lovely score. Lea Salonga, who was the original Miss Saigon, gives a terrific performance here. Never have I heard such a pure voice whose range is so broad - the emotions she pours into each track is remarkable. Listen to "Hundred Million Miracles" and "Love Look Away". Jose Llana is equally talented. He shines in all his tracks, particularly the stirring "Like A God". His duet with Salonga in "You Are Beautiful" is inspiring. Of course, Sandra Allen's "I Enjoy Being A Girl" is not to be left out. Her version of this classic is done in a sort of "slinky, sexy" manner that showcases the character's charm. This recording truly gives justice to the show. If you haven't seen the show yet, grab a copy of the recording! You will not be dissappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD best showcases the wonderful R&H Flower Drum score. The cast led by the incredible, pure-voiced Lea Salonga, this CD is a must-own. The best casting choice of the season is Lea Salonga's Mei Li. Salonga posseses one of the best voices on Broadway ... of the theatre. Her rendition of Love, Look Away is heartfelt and sung with vocal prowess. Jose Llana upstages his "so-so" acting job on stage. He has a beautiful lyric bari-tenor voice ... if only he could act as well. But his rendition of Like A God and Sunday in this CD are good! Sandra Allen ... the best choice for Linda Low!
Guest More than 1 year ago
my school is doing this musical this year and this cd has personally helped me do my performance of Sammy Fong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is very highly recommended! It's brilliant, funny, and just plain easy listening. Lea Salonga is phenominal! And she is backed up by a brilliant cast and a brilliant score! This is a must have for any musical theatre fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing this performace on Broadway a little while ago, I knew that I had to get the CD! it is wonderful music, the singers will blow you away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent performances, wonderful orchestration, beautiful music -- and very creative CD packaging. A complete treat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding performance of an outstanding production. Magnificent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A daring production that revises the original, politically incorrect, and dated script (thanks to David Henry Hwang). Performed by a first-rate cast (led by the very talented Lea Salonga), with outstanding choreography and direction from Robert Longbottom. Excellent music and orchestration. Excellent recording (with a creative pakaging to boot)!