Today for Throwback Thursday, Arts in Color looks back at the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song. In reviews of the original 1958 production, Flower Drum Song was fairly criticized for perpetuating inaccurate stereotypes. Indeed, even the central conceit of the play, the picture bride, was wildly anachronistic for the 1950s. However, the production was also arguably groundbreaking for late 1950s Broadway. It was based on source material by a writer of Chinese origin (C.Y. Lee), it focused on a story-line about Asian American characters with no mediating white point-of-view character, and it featured actors of color in all except one principal role (that of nightclub owner and rival love interest Sammy Fong, played in yellow-face by Larry Blyden). Continue reading
Which Tony Award winner has also been a Disney Princess? Lea Salonga. Salonga is the first Filipino actress to play Eponine and Fantine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway and that’s not even what won her Tony!
FUN FACT: Lea Salonga provided the singing voices for two official disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan.
Missed the Ragtime concert?? Well-you’re in luck! Here is an audio clip (below) of the phenomenal Lea Salonga singing ‘Back to Before.’ What do you think??