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Video Flashback: Lea Salonga Sings a Cut Song From FLOWER DRUM SONG in 2001

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David Henry Hwang's reimagining of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song made its world premiere at the Taper in 2001.

This new production, starring Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, was the first major revival since its original Broadway run in 1958. After a successful run at the Taper, the revival moved to Broadway.

Inspired by his lifelong search for authentic representations of Asians and the Asian American diaspora, Hwang re-contextualized Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit after asking himself, "Could I aspire to write the book that Hammerstein might have written had he been Asian-American? Could I re-envision the musical in a way that would feel relevant and moving to more sophisticated, contemporary audiences?"

This scene from the vault features Salonga singing "The Next Time It Happens"-a song cut from the revival before opening on Broadway.

Check out the video below!



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