Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Flower Drum Song | I Enjoy Being A Girl is YouTube Hit

Flower Drum Song is a 1961 Academy Award nominated film adaptation of the 1958 Broadway musical play Flower Drum Song, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The film and stage play were based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Chinese American author C.Y. Lee. The movie was unusual in featuring nearly all Asian American cast members (one of the few speaking Caucasian parts being a mugger), including dancers, though two of the singing voices were not by Asian talent. Starring were Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, James Hong, Reiko Sato and original Broadway cast members Jack Soo, Miyoshi Umeki and Juanita Hall.

Although Flower Drum Song is not one of the most successful of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, its song "I Enjoy Being A Girl" has been widely used in other movies. The song has become familiar to many Americans, perhaps most recently with Sarah Jessica Parker in a nationally broadcast Gap commercial. It was covered by lesbian folksinger Phranc. As of October 2006, there were 13 versions of the song on YouTube, including performances by Pat Suzuki and parodies based on Harry Potter and Battlestar Galactica.

I Enjoy Being A Girl Flower Drum Song Movie
This is the original most famous version of this song, which has dozens of versions on YouTube. Few know it's based on ...
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