Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song


Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  6f, 4m, 1boy(s)

Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee

Mei Li has come from China to San Francisco to marry Sammy Fong, a nightclub owner who is already in love with a dancer at his establishment. By turns raucous and heartfelt, this delightful Chinese puzzle of embracing the new while honoring the old is a celebration of American ingenuity.

Image: 2002 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 4m, 1boy(s)
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • Winner! 1959 Tony Award, Best Musical Director
    Nominee: Six 1959 Tony Awards, including Best Musical

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Mei Li has come from China to San Francisco to marry nightclub owner Sammy Fong. But Sammy loves Linda Low, a dancer at his establishment. His friend Wang Ta is urged to marry Mei Li, even though he is promised to Linda. After farcical trifles, a torn Wang Ta eventually realizes it is Mei Li whom he loves after all, and they happily marry.
Flower Drum Song opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on December 1, 1958, starring Miyoshi Umeki, Pat Suzuki, Larry Blyden, Juanita Hall and Ed Kenney. The show ran for 600 performances. Flower Drum Song returned to Broadway in 2002, with a revised book by David Henry Hwang. The revival, which opened on October 17, 2002, starred Lea Salonga, Sandra Allen and Jose Llana.

Chinese or Chinese American singing and dancing ensemble with children and several small roles.

Madam Liang – Wang Ta’s Aunt
Liu Ma
Wang San – Wang Ta’s Brother
Wang Ta – A young Chinese American man living in his father’s (Wang Chi Yang) house in San Francisco’s Chinatown
Wang Chi Yang - A Chinese paterfamilias, unable to settle easily in America and very much on his dignity.
Sammy Fong
Dr. Li – Mei Li’s Father
Mei Li – Dr. Li’s Daughter
Linda Low
Mr. Lung (The Tailor)
Mr. Huan (The Banker)
Helen Chao
Professor Cheng
Frankie Wing
Head Waiter
Night Club Singer
Dr. Lu Fong – Sammy’s Uncle
Madam Fong – Sammy’s Mother
Dancing Ensemble

Flower Drum Song is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, 1958. The characters are Chinese or Chinese American, and the roles should be cast accordingly. The use of make-up or prosthetics to alter an actor's ethnicity is prohibited.

  • Time Period 1950s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)



  • Flower Drum Song Promo - Palo Alto Players 2019

  • Red Bucket Follies 2018 - Flower Drum Song Celebration

  • Flower Drum Song - Ed Sullivan Show 1958

  • Flower Drum Song - Press Reel 2002


  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song

    Image: 2002 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song

    Image: 2002 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song

    Image: 2002 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song

    Image: 2002 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)


Music Samples

Act I

Overture - Orchestra
Opening, Act I - Orchestra
1. "You Are Beautiful" - Wang Ta and Madame Liang
2. "A Hundred Million Miracles" - Mei-Li, Dr. Li, Madame Liang, Wang Chi-Yang and Liu Ma
2a. Bridge to Scene 2 - Orchestra
3. "I Enjoy Being A Girl" - Linda
3a. Encore: "I Enjoy Being A Girl" - Linda
4. End of Scene 2 - Orchestra
4a. Bridge to Scene 3 - Orchestra
5. Back Beating ("A Hundred Million Miracles") - Mei Li
6. "I Am Going To Like It Here" - Mei Li
6a. Bridge to Scene 4 - Orchestra
7. "Like A God" - Wang Ta
7a. Bridge to Scene 5 - Orchestra
8. "Chop Suey" - Madame Liang and Ensemble
8a. Encore: "Chop Suey" - Madame Liang and Ensemble
9. "Jazz Bit" - Linda and San
10. "Don't Marry Me" - Mei Li, Sammy Fong
11. "Grant Avenue" - Linda and Ensemble
11a. Bridge to Scene 6 - Orchestra
12. "Love, Look Away" - Helen
13. "Fan Tan Fanny" - Night Club Singer
14. "Gliding Through My Memoree" - Frankie

Act II

Entr'acte - Orchestra
15. Opening, Act II - Orchestra
16. Introduction to Ta's Dream ("You Are Beautiful") - Ta
16a. Ta's Dream - Orchestra
16b. Coda to Ballet - Orchestra
17. Reprise: "Love, Look Away" - Helen
17a. Bridge to Scene 2 - Orchestra
18. "The Other Generation" - Madame Liang and Wang Chi-Yang
19. Reprise: "You Are Beautiful" - Ta
19a. Bridge to Scene 3 - Orchestra
20. "Sunday" - Linda, Sammy Fong and Ensemble
21. Reprise: "Don't Marry Me" - Sammy Fong
22. Reprise: "The Other Generation" - Children
23. Procession - Orchestra
24. Finale: "A Hundred Million Miracles" - Ta, Mei Li and Company
25. Curtain Calls ("Sunday") - Company

Full Orchestration

Flute I (Doubling Piccolo, Alto Flute)
Flute II (Doubling Piccolo)
Oboe (Doubling English Horn)
Clarinet I (Doubling Alto Sax)
Clarinet II (Doubling Alto Sax)
Bass Clarinet (Doubling Tenor Sax)
Horn I&II
Trumpet I&II
Trumpet III
Trombone I
Trombone II
Violin I (Divisi)
Violin II (Divisi)
Viola (Divisi)
Cello (Divisi)
Guitar (Doubling Banjo and Mandolin)
Drums (Trap Set)
Soft Bells
Temple Block
Oriental Drum
Flower Drum
[Steel Mallets, Sticks, Brushes]

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsDifficult
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeX-Large
  • Chorus SizeLarge


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