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October 02, 2007

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My ex-husband is a Mexican American actor and he always get incensed about all the Italian actors playing Mexicans in film and television.

Loved your review. I haven't seen that film in a long time. I'm thinking I should rent it now.

I’ve been singing it nonstop around our house in my version of Miyoshi Umeki’s accent, sounding something like “a hundid meelyown midukows.”

I did the same impression as your post downloaded on my screen.

Sorry to hear about Mioyshi Umeki's demise. Mrs. Livingston has joined Eddie's Father-San.

After your comments about Jennifer Jones in "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" you may consider our marriage at an end.

This is very interesting Danny...as per our conversation about this show...I think it is to me the weakest of the R&H Shows....And yet, it was a success on Broadway. I saw the 2002 version at the Taper, as well, and actually I liked it better....BUT, this is still, for me, the least interesting of all the R&H shows, and "ME & JULIET" a kind of underated and misunderstood show, failed on Broadway, and I don't think it is ever done by anyone, anymore---not even REPRISE or MUSICAL THEATRE GUILD...Do you and Kendall ever go see any of the MTG Productions out at The Alex? They do some terrific things...very much worth seeing!
Anyway, I am enjoying your re-evaluation of these R&H Films....I look forward to your next post on these films.
By the way: I thought of the song from "THE KING AND I" that depicted a couple who could not appear in public showing their love, because they were not supposed to have fallen in love in the first place---a similar situarion to the young couple in "SOUTH PACIFIC"...the lovely "WE KISS IN THE SHADOW"...When S.T.A.G.E. Honored Rodgers and Hart and Hammerstein...the longest show of STAGES history---in fact it is still going right now...(lol---David came up with a wondereful way to do the song...he had two men singing it to each other...It was very powerful and quite moving, too!

LOL, LOL, LOL...I just read what Kendall said about Jennifer Jones....Very Very Funny, dear Kendall! I must say, Danny, you did make it seem as if Jennifer said all that about being Eurasian over and over, as if SHE wrote that script herself...LOL!

Last time Danny:

Here are the lyrics of "WE KISS IN THE SHADOW"
Lyrics

We Kiss in a Shadow Lyrics

[LUN THA]

We kiss in a shadow,
We hide from the moon,
Our meetings are few,
And over too soon.

We speak in a whisper,
Afraid to be heard;
When people are near,
We speak not a word.
Alone in our secret,
Together we sigh,
For one smiling day to be free
To kiss in the sunlight
And say to the sky:
"Behold and believe what you see!
Behold how my lover loves me!"

[TUPTIM]

We speak in a whisper,
Afraid to be heard;
When people are near,

[LUN THA]

We speak not a word.
Alone in our secret,
Together we sigh,
For one smiling day to be free

[BOTH]

To kiss in the sunlight
And say to the sky:
"Behold and believe what you see!
Behold how my lover loves me!"

[TUPTIM]

To kiss in the sunlight
And say to the sky:
"Behold and believe what you see!
Behold how my lover loves me!"

One of the fascinating things about Oscar Hammerstein is that he spanned such a HUGE history of The American Musical Theatre---having written with Jerome Kern (and others of that same period too---All the way to Rodgers...His body of work is astounding!

Have you ever seen the book that Lehman Engel wrote about Lyrics? It's called "THEIR WORDS ARE MUSIC" The Great Theatre Lyricists and Their Lyrics. It is a great great book. Lehman was a famous Musical Conductor and taught the class that Betty and I took together The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop...that's where we wrote the songs for "CHERIE"....anyway, among other shows, Lehman conducted "CALL ME MISTER" and "WONDERFUL TOWN", with lots of other shows in between, plus....
Some of the Lyricists he covers in this book are Marc Blitzstein, Comden & Green, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Sheldon Harnick, Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim...to name just a few...! I think you would LOVE this book!


Maybe Chinese-Americans didn’t give a damn either—at least the Asian characters weren’t being played by white actors...

EXACTLY. There are very few roles for Asians as it is. We are all thankful when one (or a whole load of us) gets work...Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, or whatever. (As you point out, so many think we all look alike anyway.) I remember a time when "Miss Saigon" and "The King and I" were on Broadway at the same time. Every Asian performer I knew was in one show or the other. After that they all headed to "Flower Drum Song"...and now...they are all looking for work. It's the reason why I no longer work in theatre.

My tortured accent infuriates my daughter who thinks I’m making fun of Chinese people.

You should hear mine. I had my grandparents' HEAVY Chinese accents to model after. I can always get a good laugh talking like them.

Four words to make one's skin crawl:

Mickey. Rooney. Breakfast. Tiffany's.

I love R&H and hate Lloyd Webber.

Flower Drum Song is the first musical I ever remember seeing. I have loved it forever and have it on DVD and CD.

I had a crush on James Shigeta and could never quite believe that Mei Lei and Mrs. Livingston on the Courtship of Eddie's Father were the same person though I knew. I felt bad when Miyoshi Umeki passed away recently too.

Anyway, when on my honeymoon in San Francisco in 1993 I made certain we went to Chinatown and I walked down Grant Avenue singing "Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California USA..." A wonderful moment for one and all

My favorite number in the movie is the duet between Jack Soo (Yemana from "Barney Miller") and Miyoshi Umeki:

[UMEKI]
I would like to see my sons and daughters
Sliding up and down their father's knee.

[SOO]
They'll get splinters in their little fannies,
Cookie, Don't marry me.

Jack Soo. One of my favorite tv characters EVER...Yemana. Why doesn't TVLand show Barney Miller??

"Anyway, when on my honeymoon in San Francisco in 1993 I made certain we went to Chinatown and I walked down Grant Avenue singing "Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California USA..." A wonderful moment for one and all"...

I did the same thing while on a teen tour in 1967. Thanks for the great memories!

With or without an all-Chinese cast I personally feel FDS showed great respect to Chinese culture.

What always impressed me was how convincing Juanita Hall was in her portrayal of Madam Liang...

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