Flower Drum Song
Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781559362221Publication Date:
6 Jan 2004
Size: 215mm x 135mm£12.99
First Staged:
Mark Taper Forum, USA 2001

Flower Drum Song

By (composer) Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II By David Henry Hwang

Paperback £12.99

The Classic 1958 musical brilliantly updated by the leading Asian-American playwright.

'To create something new, we must first love what is old'

All is not well in the Wang Chi Yang household. Mr Wang is a Chinese gentleman of the old school, and despairs of his culturally-confused family. His oldest son Wang Ta is trapped somewhere between Eastern traditions and Western ways; his younger son Wang San seems to have become entirely Americanised; and even his sister-in-law Madam Liang is an enthusiastic candidate for Western conversion. With music and song, Flower Drum Song takes us through questions of love, marriage and custom – and where to return an unwanted mail-order bride!

This version includes David Henry Hwang's fully updated text, an introduction by Hwang and an afterword by Karen Wada, which carefully documents the long and vital history of this landmark musical.

'I loved this show so much! I laughed hysterically and cried during moments that surprised me with feelings of recognition. This new Flower Drum Song, with its references to the new and the old, has become a kind of history – it is absolutely authentic' - Amy Tan

Press Quotes

'Flower Drum Song comes roaring back as if it were brand new... Always entertaining, frequently affecting... relevant without getting bogged down by political correctness... It is a work of bravery and intelligence and real faith in the possibilities of musical theatre'

Time Magazine
Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781559362221Publication Date:
6 Jan 2004
Size: 215mm x 135mm£12.99

Also by David Henry Hwang:

Golden Child
Trying to Find Chinatown
Chinglish
Yellow Face

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