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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 7 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Soundtrack
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B00007G77A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Prologue: A Hundred Million Miracles
2. At the Golden Pearl
3. I Am Going to Like It Here
4. I Enjoy Being a Girl
5. I Enjoy Being a Girl (Reprise)
6. You Are Beautiful
7. Grant Avenue
8. Sunday
9. I Enjoy Being a Girl (Reprise #2)
10. Fan Tan Fannie
11. Gliding Through My Memory
12. Act One Finale: A Hundred Million Miracles
13. Chop Suey
14. My Best Love
15. I Am Going to Like It Here (Reprise)
16. Don't Marry Me
17. Love, Look Away
18. The Most Filial Son
19. Like a God
20. Like a God (Reprise)
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Product Description


The experiment conducted with the 2002 revival of Flower Drum Song may be one of the most audacious ever attempted on Broadway. Despite being a hit for Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1958, the show had never been revived. It was felt that it hadn¹t aged gracefully, its depiction of Chinese-Americans in San Francisco having come under criticism. So playwright David Henry Hwang rewrote the book, shuffling the order of the songs to fit his purpose and completely recontextualizing them in the process. Centering the action on the Golden Pearl Theater, the new Flower Drum Song now has a huge show-within-a-show component, which allows the staging of some of the most sensitive numbers in a pointedly stylized setting. Arranger and musical director David Chase has dusted the cobwebs off the score, and the music pulses with vitality, notably in the two irresistible songs in the middle of the show: "Fan Tan Fannie" is now a hip-shaking number that incorporates '60s surf elements, while "Chop Suey" explodes in a brassy big-band fever. Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) is quite good in the starring role and confirms her gift for ballads. But watch for Sandra Allen's slinky rendition of "I Enjoy Being a Girl" and "Fan Tan Fannie." Purists can scream all they want; this new recording is ace. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Format: Audio CD
I've seen Flower Drum Song twice -- on Broadway and in Dallas -- and the cast never ceases to amaze me. They're consistently great. While no one beats Lea Salonga's performance as Mei-Li (her voice and presence alone are enough to enthrall and hold the audience), understudy Yuka Takara (who's doing the tour) proves she can do justice to the role (particularly impressive in the dance movements) and can command the stage. Male lead Jose Llana is another bright spot in this musical, delivering a powerful and memorable perforemance as Ta.
I'm not suprised that the show and the cast have been abundantly showered with praises fom critics from all the cities it has performed in (from its opening in Los Angeles to its tour in Sacramento), and that it has received accolades and nominations from at least seven award-giving bodies, with performances even videotaped for the archives of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts!
The cast recording is outstanding performance-wise and production-wise, so I'm also not surprised that it was one of the strongest contenders for Musical Cast Album of the Year in the recent Grammys (it really was the best -- Flower Drum Song's ensemble alone beats any show's ensemble for that year -- but of course, as expected, the award had to go to the good-but-overrated show with the legendary star).
Watch out for the touring production and definitely get a copy of the impressive recording!
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The revised Flower Drum Song is NOT the original one (that's why it's REVISED, duh!) so expect the characterization and the attack to be different. Ms. Salonga did Mei-Li perfectly and it's unfair to the original actress to compare Lea with her, because obviously, the original pales in comparison to the improved version and it's not the original actress' fault that she was asked to act like a dimwit for her "demure" character.
And enough with this nonsense about Ms. Salonga sounding the same -- Miss Saigon and Flower Drum Song are MILES apart in intensity of emotion; The Broadway Concert, in terms of voice and style, does not have anything in common with Lea In LOve or her other albums; and her self-titled album is certainly different from all the rest of her albums, which is what her fans DON'T want, which in fact, upset a lot of her fans.
Next time, get the albums and actually listen to them before spreading this nonsense. A lot of amazon.com patrons actually LOVE her albums and this one is definitely a must-buy!
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I saw both the Los Angeles and the Broadway productions and there's just one word to descrive this musical: amazing!
From David Henry Hwang's rewrite reflecting both the attutide and sensitivity of Asian immigrants in the United States, to the melodic music and orchestration made more beautiful by the powerful vocal renditions of its outstanding cast, everything in this musical is first-rate.
Saigon star Lea Salonga definitely played a significant role in this wonder. Her voice, her looks, and her acting fit the role of the MODERN Mei-Li to a T. She was charming yet strong (those who keep expecting her to behave like the weak and "demure" Mei-Li in the original production, which was DIFFERENT from this one, obviously haven't seen the show and don't know the difference between the two). And while it's politically incorrect to describe people's physical tributes, her slim figure while playing in Los Angeles and New York were both perfect for either Mei-Li or Linda Low (with her immense talents, she would also be excellent for Linda Low's character). Alas, although numerous discussions have already taken place as to why the actors in this musical were deliberately asked to speak perfect English, there are still a lot of ignoramuses around expecting Ms. Salonga to speak broken English, perpetuating the condescending attitude David Henry Hwang revised the work for! Those who are in the know, however, are very much aware how speaking natural English is crucial in this musical.
This is one musical that keeps its charm while retaining the merits of the original production. Only those who've actually seen the new version and undertand why it is what it is should have the guts to comment on it.
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I'm one of the thousands of people who saw this show during its recent Broadway run and loved it. Thanks to David Henry Hwang, my last memory of this classic is NOT the one mocked my people, the one that perpetuated offensive stereotypes of Chinese/Chinese-Americans. Thanks to David Chase, the already beautiful score was made more poignant with the integration of American '60s and Chinese instrumentation. Thanks to Robert Longbottom, the show moved smoothly from one scene to the next, with FDS' graceful actors (in dazzling costumes) performing their wonderful choreography. Thanks to the cast, led by the very talented Lea Salonga, the moving songs really soared. Amon such songs was the powerful "Love, Look Away." The emotion required was that of utter frustration (this is NOT your fancy, inspirational love song) and that was exactly how Lea Salonga performed it (also showcased on the CD). Her face, her body, and her vocal attack provided for a perfect scene, and her crystal clear voice only made it more mesmerizing!
This show is fantastic. While the superb CD can't capture the entire beauty of this musical (e.g., all the spoken lines are excluded), this is the next best thing.
A treat for amazon.com customers!
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