Rodgers & Hammerstein
return to a theme that had served them well in both The King and I and South Pacific: misunderstanding and reconciliation between individuals of differing cultural backgrounds. This 1958 musical revolved around the meeting of old and new worlds in San Francisco's Chinatown. Flower Drum Song has a serviceable score but is not the team's most exciting. The novelty "I Enjoy Being a Girl" is more often excerpted than the lovely and overlooked "Love Look Away." The show also resulted in a film adaptation and ran for 600 performances in New York, where it was directed by Gene Kelly
. The New York cast, featuring Miyoshi Umeki
(who was in the film adaptation), does very well with this bright and lovely score.