Theater: Not Just Chop Suey

Flower Drum Song gets a nifty Broadway tune-up

The farmer and the cowman are dancing together again in a Broadway revival of Oklahoma! The King and I and Carousel have each got a fresh coat of paint in recent years. Even that postwar war-horse South Pacific is on a national tour and was revived a short time ago in London. But Flower Drum Song has long been the one Rodgers and Hammerstein hit that no one wants to revive, tucked away in the drawer where dated ethnic stereotypes are sent.

Playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) was one of many Asian Americans with mixed feelings about the 1958 show's...

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