Friday, October 20, 2017

Flower Drum Song in Boston, October 1958

A Broadway musical was based on C.Y. Lee’s
1957 novel, The Flower Drum Song. Before
the Broadway opening there was a tryout run at
at Boston’s Shubert Theater in October 1958.

Four-page program
October 1958


















On Stage
October 27, 1958

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
Book by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd and Joseph Fields
Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee

Directed by Gene Kelly
Choreography by Carol Haney
Scenery Designed by Oliver Smith
Costumes Designed by Irene Sharaff
Lighting by Peggy Clark
Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett
Musical Director Salvatore Dell’isola
Dance Arrangements by Luther Henderson, Jr.

CAST
(In Order of Appearance)
Juanita Hall as Madam Liang
Rose Quong as Liu Ma
Patrick Adiarte as Wang San
Ed Kenney as Wang Ta
Keye Luke as Wang Chi Yang
Larry Storch as Sammy Fong
Conrad Yama as Dr. Li
Miyoshi Umeki as Mei-Li
Pat Suzuki as Linda Low
Harry Shaw Lowe as Mr. Lung the tailor
Jon Lee as Mr. Huan
Arabella Hong as Helen Chao
Peter Chan as Professor Cheng
Jack Suzuki as Frankie Wing
George Minami as Waiter
George Young as Mr. Poon
Chao Li as Dr. Lu Fong
Eileen Nakamura as Madam Fong
Harry Shaw Lowe as Old Man

DANCING ENSEMBLE
Fumi Akimoto
Paula Chin
Helen Funai
Pat Griffith
Mary Huie
Marion Jim
Betty Kawamura
Baayork Lee
Wonci Lui
Jo Anne Miya
Denise Quan
Shawnee Smith
Maureen Tiongco
Yuriko

Jose Ahumada
Victor Duntiere
George Li
David Lober
Robert Lorca
George Minami
David Toguri
George Young

CHILDREN
Linda and Yvonne Ribuca
Susan Lynn
Luis Robert Hernandez

(Page order has been rearranged.)

Illustration by Sam Norkin, October 26, 1958

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