Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Flower Drum Song" - Original Cast

Wouldn't it be nice to get a show that would showcase the musical theatre like this? Just think of it, a complete medley. Narrated by the late Miyoshi Umeki, the original cast traipses through several of the big numbers. More charm in this brief video clip than the entire bloated film adaptation or the 2002 revisal. Umeki is a delight, even her goof is charming. Ed Kenney and Juanita Hall sing "You Are Beautiful." Pat Suzuki sings "I Enjoy Being a Girl. " Arabella Hong delivers "Love, Look Away." Suzuki and the very Asian Larry Blyden present the eleven o'clock number "Sunday" complete with Carol Haney's original choreography. The entire dance break isn't present on the Original Broadway Cast Recording, but is on the London recording, which is now out of print, but an interesting supplement for the additional dance material. Notice how the Fosse shoulders appear to have made their way into Rodgers & Hammerstein.

I'm currently reading the original novel by C.Y. Lee, which is fascinating. It's a brisk, easy read. Quite fascinating to see how the creators adapted it for a stage musical. By the way, how awkward is Ed Sullivan with those twin girls?

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