November 6

“Flower Drum Song”

On Thursday night, Kelly, Felicia, John and I see the American Musical Theater of San Jose's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Flower Drum Song'. Before the show Kelly and I had a seafood dinner at Hawg's Seafood Bar in downtown San Jose. I ordered Ahi and Kelly ordered the Paella Valenciana. We met up with Felicia and John at the theater box office for the 8pm performance. In Flower Drum Song, the male lead character of Wang Ta was performed by Filipino acter/singer Paolo Mantalban who performed opposite of Brandy in the television remake of Cinderella.

Flower Drum Song: Set in the late 1950s, this new adaptation centers on Mei-Li who arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown after fleeing communist China. The naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese Opera theatrical tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the family theatre into a rowdy nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese traditions, this beautiful theatrical tapestry is highlighted by its wonderful score, that is both romantic and showbiz-brassy and includes "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "A Hundred Million Miracles," "Sunday" and "Chop Suey."

 

  • Kelly and I having dinner at Hawg's Seafood Bar in downtown San Jose.

  • John and Felicia in the theater lobby after the performance.

  • John, Felicia and Kelly outside in the chilly night air.

  • Standing by the bar with appropriate theater decorations.

  • Me standing outside the theater with scenes from the performance.