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Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by David Henry Hwang

Based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields and the novel by C.Y. Lee


Directed by Lily Tung Crystal

Choreographed by Alex Hsu

Music Direction by Amanda Ku



'To create something new, we must first love what is old,' claims Mei-Li in Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang's new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel.  Mei-Li flees Mao's communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco's Chinatown.  This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin' Western-style nightclub.  A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera tradition creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry sure to delight our Bay Area audience.


Daring, vibrant, and charming! - NBC News


Read the show guide for FLOWER DRUM SONG, courtesy of, the leading online resource for theatre artists and fans.  Learn about the show’s context, authors, plot, and characters.






Performance dates: April 27 - May 12, 2019 (preview April 26)


Ticket Prices: $25-$55 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night FRI APR 26)


Age Recommendation: TBD


Approximate Running Time: TBD


Parking Advisory: *Please Note: During FLOWER DRUM SONG, the Junior Museum and Zoo Construction Project happening next to the Lucie Stern Theater will be underway.  What this means is the current parking lot has been reduced to less than 30 parking spaces and is only accessible from the Hopkins Ave entrance, as the Middlefield entrance is being used for construction traffic.  As such, we recommend giving yourself at least an extra 20 minutes when traveling to the Lucie Stern Theater, as you may need to access street parking and walk a little bit further than normal to reach the theatre.  We’d also recommend carpooling or ridesharing (Lyft or Uber) as much as possible!  We will update you with further information as we receive it.


All performances are held at the:

Lucie Stern Theater

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA 94301

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences


For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page. For more information about our 2018-19 season, please visit our 88th Season Page HERE.



Opening Night AfterGlow Party

Saturday, April 27

Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.



Post-Show Director/Cast Talkback

Thursday, May 2

Enjoy our Talkback series with Director Lily Tung Crystal and members of the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.








(in order of appearance)



Director: Lily Tung Crystal

Choreographer: Alex Hsu

Music Director: Amanda Ku

Scenic Designer: Ting-Na Wang

Costume Designer: Sharon Peng

Lighting Designer: Pamila Gray

Sound Designer: Brandie Larkin

Properties Designer: Margaret Deng

Make-up & Hair Designer: TBD

Stage Manager: Jennie Yeung

Artistic Director: Patrick Klein





TERMS AND CONDITIONS Show times are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. For ticket services, please call 650-329-0891. All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. However, season subscribers are able to exchange at no charge when applicable. Ask our box office how you can become a season subscriber, and enjoy special perks like exchanges and discounted tickets. Will call ticket information: Tickets are available for pickup at the box office will call window one (1) hour prior to show time. U.S. mail ticket information: If requested, tickets are mailed via the U.S. Post Office First Class mail no later than seven (7) days prior to the show date. Palo Alto Players has two (2) price levels on the seating chart: PRIME and VALUE. If you have accessible seating needs or simply need assistance, please call our box office at 650-329-0891. Thank you! Enjoy the show!