Faces of the East: Casting Flower Drum Song (2006)



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Credited cast:
Patrick Adiarte ... Himself
Ted Chapin Ted Chapin ... Himself
Oscar Hammerstein II ... Himself (archive footage)
David Henry Hwang ... Himself
Gene Kelly ... Himself (archive footage)
Nancy Kwan ... Herself
C.Y. Lee C.Y. Lee ... Himself
Laurence Maslon ... Himself
Bruce Pomahac Bruce Pomahac ... Himself
Richard Rodgers ... Himself (archive footage)
James Shigeta ... Himself
Miyoshi Umeki ... Herself (archive footage)


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7 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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This featurette is featured on the Flower Drum Song (1961) Special Edition DVD, released in 2006. See more »


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Ted Chapin: It was astonishing in 1958 for anybody to write a major Broadway musical in which all characters were Asian American and taken seriously.
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Faces of the East: Casting Flower Drum Song was another interesting extra on the Flower Drum Song DVD
11 July 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was another extra on the Flower Drum Song DVD. It chronicles the casting of the Broadway version with a nice anecdote about director Gene Kelly's encountering Jack Soo at a nightclub original author C.Y. Lee took him to which led him to casting him on Broadway as the M.C. there with one condition-he change his name from Jack Suzuki to Jack Soo! The stills from that show also reveal that Caucasion actor Larry Blyden played the nightclub owner Sammy Fong before Soo played him in the movie. There's also the discussion of how the musical was originally perceived as positive concerning the portrayal of Asian Americans before it was thought there were some stereotypical characterizations that made it embarrassing for some of those of such nationalities of the younger generation. Interesting take from all the participants involved.

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