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Sun May 12, 2019

Palo Alto Players Presents: "FLOWER DRUM SONG"

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FLOWER DRUM SONG

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by David Henry Hwang
Based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields and the novel by C.Y. Lee

Directed by Lily Tung Crystal
Choreographed by Alex Hsu
Music Direction by Amanda Ku

'To create something new, we must first love what is old,' claims Mei-Li in Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang's new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel. Mei-Li flees Mao's communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco's Chinatown. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin' Western-style nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera tradition creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry sure to delight our Bay Area audience.

“Daring, vibrant, and charming!” - *NBC News*

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PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:
Performance dates: April 27 - May 12, 2019 (preview April 26)

Ticket Prices: $25-$55 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night FRI APR 26)

Age Recommendation: 10 and up

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

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All performances are held at the:
Lucie Stern Theater
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences

For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page.

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SPECIAL EVENTS:
Opening Night AfterGlow Party
Saturday, April 27
Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.

Post-Show Director/Cast Talkback
Thursday, May 2
Enjoy our Talkback series with Director Lily Tung Crystal and members of the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket forany performance during the run.

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CAST:
(in order of appearance)
Mei-Li: Emily Song
Wang: Bryan Pangilinan
Chin: Joey Alvarado
Ta: Jomar Martinez
Harvard: Bryan Munar
Linda Low: Marah Sotelo
Madame Liang: Melinda Meeng
Chao: John Paul Kilecdi-Li
Chinese Opera Company, Immigrants, Nightclub Performers, Factory Workers, Wedding Party, & Citizens of Chinatown: Kevin Achas, Kristy Aquino, Duc T. Duong, Yoshi Humfeld, Miko Ison, Ruri Kodama, Karen Law, Justin Lopez, Vinh G. Nguyen, Masami Savage, Eiko Yamamoto, Richard Edward Yé


PRODUCTION TEAM:
Director: Lily Tung Crystal
Choreographer: Alex Hsu
Music Director: Amanda Ku
Assistant Director: Vinh G. Nguyen
Scenic Designer: Ting-Na Wang
Costume Designer, Hake-up & Hair Designer: Y. Sharon Peng
Lighting Designer: Pamila Gray
Sound Designer: Brandie Larkin
Properties Designer: Margaret Deng
Stage Manager: TBD
Dramaturg: Annie Jin Wang
Dialect Coach and Cultural Consultant: Patrick Chew
Chinese Opera Consultant: Jon Wai-keung Lowe
Artistic Director: Patrick Klein
FLOWER DRUM SONG

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by David Henry Hwang
Based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields and the novel by C.Y. Lee

Directed by Lily Tung Crystal
Choreographed by Alex Hsu
Music Direction by Amanda Ku

'To create something new, we must first love what is old,' claims Mei-Li in Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang's new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel. Mei-Li flees Mao's communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco's Chinatown. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin' Western-style nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera tradition creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry sure to delight our Bay Area audience.

“Daring, vibrant, and charming!” - *NBC News*

*

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:
Performance dates: April 27 - May 12, 2019 (preview April 26)

Ticket Prices: $25-$55 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night FRI APR 26)

Age Recommendation: 10 and up

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

*

All performances are held at the:
Lucie Stern Theater
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences

For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page.

*

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Opening Night AfterGlow Party
Saturday, April 27
Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.

Post-Show Director/Cast Talkback
Thursday, May 2
Enjoy our Talkback series with Director Lily Tung Crystal and members of the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket forany performance during the run.

*

CAST:
(in order of appearance)
Mei-Li: Emily Song
Wang: Bryan Pangilinan
Chin: Joey Alvarado
Ta: Jomar Martinez
Harvard: Bryan Munar
Linda Low: Marah Sotelo
Madame Liang: Melinda Meeng
Chao: John Paul Kilecdi-Li
Chinese Opera Company, Immigrants, Nightclub Performers, Factory Workers, Wedding Party, & Citizens of Chinatown: Kevin Achas, Kristy Aquino, Duc T. Duong, Yoshi Humfeld, Miko Ison, Ruri Kodama, Karen Law, Justin Lopez, Vinh G. Nguyen, Masami Savage, Eiko Yamamoto, Richard Edward Yé


PRODUCTION TEAM:
Director: Lily Tung Crystal
Choreographer: Alex Hsu
Music Director: Amanda Ku
Assistant Director: Vinh G. Nguyen
Scenic Designer: Ting-Na Wang
Costume Designer, Hake-up & Hair Designer: Y. Sharon Peng
Lighting Designer: Pamila Gray
Sound Designer: Brandie Larkin
Properties Designer: Margaret Deng
Stage Manager: TBD
Dramaturg: Annie Jin Wang
Dialect Coach and Cultural Consultant: Patrick Chew
Chinese Opera Consultant: Jon Wai-keung Lowe
Artistic Director: Patrick Klein
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