Publicity photo for Flower Drum Song
(© SDAART)
Publicity photo for Flower Drum Song
(© SDAART)
David Armstrong, Rosalie Celestial, Mindy Chu, Rossana De Leon, Michael Demoret, Angela Evers, Ana Jacala, Kezia Liu, Tiffany Loui, Dante Macatantan, Patrick Mayuyu, Albert Park, Elise Kim Prosser, Melissa Rodriguez, Trini Tran, Ritchie Valenzuela, and Rickey Calixto will star in Flower Drum Song: A Musical Revival in Concert, to be presented by San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater (SDAART) at La Jolla Playhouse, May 6-June 12, with an opening on May 12. Peter James Cirino will direct.

Based on the legendary Broadway musical (1958), popular movie (1961), and modern revival (2002), Flower Drum Song follows Mei-Li, who flees Mao's Communist China and immigrates to San Francisco in the 1950s. She struggles to balance tradition and assimilation while looking for love. It also explores intergenerational conflict as Wang, the owner of an old-fashioned opera house, resists his son who wants to turn it into a nightclub in pursuit of the American dream.

The show features music by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The original book was by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields and was inspired by the novel by C.Y. Lee. Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang rewrote the book for the 2002 revival.

The creative team will include Thomas Hodges (musical director), Gina Ma, (choreographer), Dom Abbenante (scenic designer), Kevin Anthenill (sound designer), and Lila Lace Flores (lighting designer).

This concert production will conclude SDAART's residency at La Jolla Playhouse.

For tickets and more information, click here.