Broadway (New York, N.Y.);September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001;Asian American actors;Musicals
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2017.032.009 Oral History Interview with Lea Salonga, August 8, 2003

Lea Salonga is interviewed by David Lewis Hammarstrom on her role as Mei-Li in the “Flower Drum Song” revival musical. Throughout the interview, Lea is asked to share her thoughts on the differences between the Los Angeles and New York performances of “Flower Drum Song.” Most notably, she is asked about the potential impact of factors such as audience and critical reception might have had on the success of the show on Broadway. Lea also elaborates on her influence on the direction of the musical performances and promotion efforts. This interview is one of a series of 18 interviews that author David Lewis Hammarstrom conducted in 2003 as part of research for his book, Flower Drum Songs: The Story of Two Musicals (2006).