SOUNDTRACK/CAST ALBU - FLOWER DRUM SONG - THE NEW BROADWAY C Soundtrack, Cast Recording
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|6. You Are Beautiful|
|7. Grant Avenue|
|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)|
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Not one of R&H's best musicals. While their other shows have a few well known songs this one only has a couple.Published 21 months ago by Brian Harms
Ive seen the play at Broadway and if you're expecting a miss saigon or les miz then its not.. but its great and entertaining... what makes it outstanding... Ms. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2005 by Alfred
Great vocals, great music and instrumentation, great mix. An outstanding accompaniment to a charming revisical. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by barbara
I saw this musical when it opened in Los Angeles a couple of years ago and am not surprised that 'till today, it continues to get rave reviews from critics all over the country... Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by John
Indeed, very high quality recording of an equally brilliant show. The excellent vocals comnplement the excellent music; the creative jacket, a feast for the eyes, adds a fine,... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004
This is the perfect recording for a beautifully re-written musical that -- surprisingly, in a racist theater environment -- recognizes that Asians and Asian Americans are around... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
No album beats the experience of actually seeing the show, but this is the next best thing. The show is wonderful (and remains so even with a slightly different cast in the... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004
I like the revisions that David Hwang did to this musical: more substance to the story, more strength to the characters, and retention and re-assignment of the songs (though... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004