THROWBACK THURSDAY: Flower Drum Song

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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

TALKS: Jennifer Lim and Telly Leung on The World of Extreme Happiness at MTC (Off-Broadway)

worldofextremeArts in Color is honored to share the stories of Jennifer Lim (Sunny) and Telly Leung (Pete) of The World of Extreme Happiness as they premiere this intense and enlightening piece of theater, this month, Off-Broadway.

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TALKS: Grease’s Telly Leung

tellyheadTelly Leung. Name sound familiar? Well if not, it should be! Telly is an absolutely phenomenal performer of color who has been featured on Glee as Wes, a bevy of shows on Broadway (Godspell, Flower Drum Song) and regionally at Music Circus, PCLO and numerous others.

He is a Caregie Mellon University alum and is currently playing the role of the Teen Angel in Papermill’s popular production of Grease!

Keep reading for my exclusive audio interview with the Broadway and TV star!

 

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FEATURE: King and I Tech with Diane Phelan

It’s week two of our month-long series with actress Diane Phelan! Diane has agreed to take us behind the scenes of her recent experience playing Tuptim in the Sacramento Music Circus production of King and I! Ever wonder what it’s like to work at this prestigious regional theatre? In today’s post we’re lucky enough to experience the days of tech with a stellar cast and crew. The show itself featured Broadway favorites and a large ensemble of artists of color including Telly Leung and director Stafford Arima! Continue reading to check out the slideshow to find out how these actors spend their downtime during the long days of tech!

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FEATURE: Behind the Scenes of King and I with Diane Phelan

We’re starting a month-long series with actress Diane Phelan! Diane has agreed to take us behind the scenes of her recent experience playing Tuptim in the Sacramento Music Circus production of King and I! Ever wonder what it’s like to work at this prestigious regional theatre? Stay tuned for pictures from rehearsals, tech, and opening with a stellar cast and crew. The show itself featured Broadway favorites and a large ensemble of artists of color including Telly Leung and director Stafford Arima! Continue reading to check out the slideshow with some of Diane’s own pictures from the process!

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