Flower Drum Song

Musical - Original

St. James Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: December 1, 1958
  • Closing Date: May 7, 1960
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 600

Music: Richard Rodgers

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Book: Oscar Hammerstein II, Joseph A. Fields


A traditional Chinese bride is brought to San Francisco to marry an assimilating son who exasperates his old-world father by chasing after an Americanized nightclub singer, in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical adaptation of C.Y. Lee's novel.


Opening Night Cast

Larry Blyden Sammy Fong
Pat Suzuki Linda Low
Miyoshi Umeki Mei-Li
Juanita Hall in Flower Drum Song Juanita Hall Madam Liang
Arabella Hong Helen Chao
Ed Kenney Wang Ta
Keye Luke Wang Chi Yang
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Opening Night Production Credits

Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Book
  Joseph A. Fields Book
Richard Rodgers Richard Rodgers Music
Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Lyrics
Gene Kelly Gene Kelly Director
  Carol Haney Choreographer
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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Theatre World Award Pat Suzuki Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Actor in a Musical Larry Blyden Nominee
1959 Actress in a Musical Miyoshi Umeki Nominee
1959 Choreography Carol Haney Nominee
1959 Conductor and Musical Director Salvatore Dell'Isola Winner
1959 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Irene Sharaff Nominee
1959 Musical   Nominee
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