Im Going To Like It Here - Rodgers And Hammerstein* / Barbara Carroll - Flower Drum Song
Label: Kapp Records - K-1113 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Promo, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen • Style: Musical
Opened at the St. This less appreciated creation of Rodgers and Hammerstein is long overdue for re-evaluation. Leaving the world of the musical play, the writers reverted to musical comedy, in this case set in San Francisco's Chinatown.
The story concerns the generation gap between the old world Chinese who cling to traditional values, and the new world Chinese who see themselves as Americans who should adopt Western values and lifestyles. The ending, in the tradition of all comedies, is happy with all the protagonists finding their true loves. In the house of Master Wang Chi Yang, a wealthy patriarch of San Francisco's Schlüssel Zur Stadt - NMD - Newtown Makin Dollars, his elder son Wang Ta explains to his aunt Madam Liang how his dreams are troubled by girls, and sings her an old familiar Chinese love-song that he is preparing for that evening's blind date You Are Beautifuland she joins in nostalgically.
Sammy Fong, a successful and completely Westernised young man, arrives to suggest to Wang that his 'picture bride' just arrived from Hong Kong would be better suited to Wang Ta, as she is too sweet and obedient for his combative tastes. He Im Going To Like It Here - Rodgers And Hammerstein* / Barbara Carroll - Flower Drum Song Mei Li and her father Dr. Li; Wang is favourably impressed, the girl is from a good family and born in the right year -what is more, she can sing the well-loved Flower Drum Song, and modestly obliges A Hundred Million Miracles.
Ta's blind date is with Linda, a very Americanised Chinese girl, who makes a powerful pass at him I Enjoy Being a Girl and they agree to marry, if the necessary consents can be obtained. The next day, in Wang's house, all is bustle. A banker is counting Intro To The Heaviest Story Ever Told - Unknown Artist - Special Radio Promotion Aid For The Second cash to open an account for him, Wang is grudgingly being fitted for a Western suit for Ta's graduation ceremony and Helen Chao the seamstress who is sweet on Ta has arrived with his specially made gown.
Wang has bought Mei Li a Western dress for the evening's party and Ta is obviously taken with her appearance Like a Godbut he has already invited Linda and her brother. At the party, Madam Liang leads many of the community in celebrating the great diversity of American life, which she calls "Chop Suey".
Linda and her brother Commodore Frankie Low arrive; he confronts Wang with the news of Linda's engagement to Ta, which Wang roundly forbids. Sammy is not taken in by Frankie and Linda, whom he instantly recognises as 'artistes' from his night-club, Linda also being his long-standing girl-friend. To cope with a situation that is fast getting out of control, he invites the Wang family to his club, where Helen Chao, who is also Linda's dresser, pines for Ta Love, Look Away.
Linda 'reveals' herself to the shocked Wang and her 'brother' is shown up as a fake. The Beat My Heart Skips - Various - Klassik Lounge Werk / 13 Wang party leaves in disgust and the furious Linda upsets a champagne bucket over Sammy's head in revenge.
Helen has taken the dejected Ta back to her room Im Going To Like It Here - Rodgers And Hammerstein* / Barbara Carroll - Flower Drum Song the night passes as a ballet; in the morning Mei Li calls on an errand and spots Ta's coat with the flower she had pinned on it. She pockets the flower and leaves quickly; Ta also is anxious to get home to pacify his father, leaving Helen disconsolate. Wang and Madam Liang lament "The Other Generation" after Wang San, his younger son, has appeared dressed for baseball and demanding a sandwich.
When Ta returns, Wang and Dr. Li propose to formalise the betrothal of their children but Mei Li, having confessed to Ta that she had loved him at first sight, now believes that he loves Helen, if not Linda, and reveals the tell-tale flower.
She and her father decide to leave the house for good. Sammy has decided to marry wildcat Linda and tells her so when she comes to his penthouse Sunday. He telephones the Community Court that he will forthwith present his bride there, but when he arrives he finds that Dr.
Li is there to enforce the 'picture bride' marriage contract and Sammy appears to have been 'framed', though Linda is once again convinced he has cheated her. Ta comes to Mei Li, who is staying with her father at Sammy's; they confess their love and Ta promises to find a way out of the dilemma.
But it is Mei Li who discovers the clue unexpectedly when watching the Late Late Show on TV, and interrupts her lavish Chinese wedding to Sammy to "tell all", ending happily in Ta's arms, and of course with Wang's consent! Palace Theatre, London - 24 March Synopsis This less appreciated creation of Rodgers and Hammerstein is long overdue for re-evaluation. Act II Helen has taken the dejected Ta back to her room - the night passes as a ballet; in the morning Mei Li calls on an errand and spots Ta's coat with the flower she had pinned on it.
WANG TA - He has difficulty in finding the right girl for him and is unsure Im Going To Like It Here - Rodgers And Hammerstein* / Barbara Carroll - Flower Drum Song his ethnic identity, but finally he chooses right. MEI LI - At first bewildered by her new life, she quickly grasps the situation and, having fallen immediately in love, survives all apparent setbacks with quiet patience.
A very endearing personality. LI - Her father; formal and deferential to Wang, but always the loving father.
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