Chinese American artists;Race in musical theater;Musical theater;Women in musical theater;Asian American actors;Dancers
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2017.032.001 Oral History Interview with Patrick Adiarte April 14, 2003

Patrick Adiarte is a Filipino American actor and dancer born in 1943. Patrick played Prince Chulalongkorn in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, “The King and I” in 1956, and Wang San in the 1958 production and 1961 movie version of “Flower Drum Song.” In this interview, Patrick discusses “Flower Drum Song” and his acting career. He goes into particular detail about Flower Drum Song’s casting process and his recollection of opening night. 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).