FLOWER DRUM SONG

Park Square Theatre
20 W 7th Place, St. Paul, MN 55102


Co-produced with and at Park Square Theatre

Father produces Peking Opera. Son knows nightclub acts sell better. Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 1950s, this funny and moving story explores what it means to become American. The new, fully‐revised version includes David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award‐nominated text, and favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. After Mu’s successful 2009 production, the company is excited to bring this Broadway hit back to the Twin Cities for a month‐long run.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang was awarded the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut, M. BUTTERFLY, which also was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. For his play GOLDEN CHILD, he received a 1998 Tony Nomination and a 1997 Obie Award. His new book for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical FLOWER DRUM SONG earned him his third Tony nomination in 2003. He was also a book writer on Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA. Hwang’s other plays include FOB (1981 Obie Award), THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD, FAMILY DEVOTIONS, THE SOUND OF A VOICE and BONDAGE. His opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass, 1000 AIRPLANES ON THE ROOF, THE VOYAGE and THE SOUND OF A VOICE, as well as THE SILVER RIVER with music by Bright Sheng and Ainadamar with Osvaldo Golijov. Hwang penned the feature films M. BUTTERFLY, GOLDEN GATE and POSSESSION (co-writer) and co-wrote the song “Solo” with composer/performer Prince. He has written the book on the new Broadway musical TARZAN, and his new play, YELLOW FACE, will premiere next season. Hwang serves on the Dramatists Guild Council. Co-Production with and at Park Square Theatre


Critics and Audiences Alike Love Flower Drum Song

“If you want a show the reflects on our current times, but will also leave you with a smile on your face Flower Drum Song is for you.” —Twin Cities Stages

“Flower Drum Song is a perfect metaphor...telling an Asian American immigrant story that is at the same time a thoroughly American story, using America's best art form - musical theater.” —Cherry and Spoon

“The best part of this show is the renewed book, written by David Henry Hwang...” —Compendium Minneapolis

“Flower Drum Song is beautiful and heartbreaking, romantic and funny with characters you like, songs you remember, and scenes that make you laugh.” —Play off the Page

“We enjoyed he show tremendously. Superb cast. We were not aware of Mu Performing Arts and appreciated their efforts greatly. We have recommended this production to several of our friends.” —audience member

“An amazing straight-to-the-heart performance.” —audience member

“Holy moly! Flower Drum Song is spectacular! Rich & relevant, it fills your heart. Have a great run & thank you for the light.” —audience member

“I saw this, and it was GOOD! I almost cried at the end. So many beautiful people from so many wonderful places! Check it out!” —audience member


Flower Drum Song - trailer from Park Square Theatre on Vimeo.



THE CAST
Stephanie Bertumen
Mei-Li
Sherwin Resurreccion
Wang
Wesley Mouri*
Ta
Eric “Pogi” Sumangil*
Chin
Meghan Kreidler*
Linda
Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel
Harvard
Katie Bradley*
Madame Liang
Jake Sung-Guk Sullivan
Chao/Ensemble
Alice McGlave, Nicole Riebe, Ashley Kershaw, Kylee Brinkman, Brianna Belland, Michelle de Joya, Nikko Paul Raymo, Joseph Vang, Meng Xiong
Ensemble

* denotes member of Actors Equity
PRODUCTION STAFF
Director
Randy Reyes*
Music Director
Andrew Fleser
Choreographer
Penelope Freeh
Scenic Designer
Mina Kinukawa
Costume Designer
Andrea M. Gross
Sound Designer
Jacob M. Davis
Lighting Designer
Michael P. Kittel
Properties Designer
Abbee Warmboe
Stage Manager
Jamie J. Kranz*
Assistant Stage Manager
Lyndsey Harter*
Dance Captain
Alice McGlave

* denotes member of Actors Equity