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Flower Drum Song is R&H's most underrated musical...,
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Flower Drum Song is R&H's most underrated musical... not their best musical (that honor must go to "The King and I"), but a very enjoyable film for the whole family. Flower Drum Song is a lighthearted musical comedy set in San Francisco's Chinatown about old-fashioned Chinese and modern Chinese-Americans clashing over tradition and trying to find romance. It features Rodger's brassiest and jazziest score and the best choreography of any of their musicals. Some of the more memorable songs include: "I Enjoy Being a Girl" (with that famous three-way mirror scene), "Love Look Away", and "Don't Marry Me". In its "modern" language, hairstyles, costumes, and attitudes, the film also captures the look and feel, the optimism and exuberance of that early sixties/Kennedy era perfectly.
Flower Drum Song was unusual not only because it featured an (almost) all-Asian cast, but also because it depicted Chinese-Americans as _Americans_: a Chinese-American businessman, college student, banker, policeman, standup comic, yes, even a Chinese-American showgirl. Although the characterizations are not very deep or serious, the film is a fine showcase for some early Hollywood Asian acting talent: Nancy Kwan is gorgeous and is great in all those dance numbers; Jack Soo has a hilarious deadpan humor; James Shigeta is a real heart-throb, and Miyoshi Umeki is as sweet as can be.
Look for a brief cameo by Richard Rodgers during the "You be the Rock" number!
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2014 5:01:33 PM PDT
I agree with you 100%! Along with Nancy Kwan's dancing, Patrick Adiarte's dancing made quite an impression on me also.
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