Seen on Broadway: Flower Drum Song is one of the odder entries in the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog. A tale of life and love in San Francisco’s Chinatown, it was considered progressive in 1958. Now, although the score is beloved by show fans, the book, by Joseph Fields and Hammerstein, is considered unrevivable. (Sample joke: An old lady on the phone to the grocery store says, “Send over some thousand-year-old eggs—and make sure they’re fresh!”). For the current Broadway revival, ...
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