David Henry Hwang, who wrote an entirely new book for the current production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, will be featured on the Nov. 8 broadcast of ABC-TV's "UpClose." "UpClose" airs at midnight on ABC-TV, immediately following "Nightline." The series airs five nights a week, and each broadcast focuses on one person, including world leaders, musicians, actors as well as those "whose only fame comes from the courageous ways they live their lives." Check local listings.
David Henry Hwang was awarded the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and John Gassner awards for his Broadway debut, M. Butterfly, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama as well. His other plays include FOB (Obie Award) and Golden Child (Obie Award, Tony Award nomination), plays that, like M. Butterfly, explore the ideas of Asian cultural identity, history, illusion and reality. The versatile Hwang has also written screenplays ("M. Butterfly," "Golden Gate" and "Possession"), opera libretti (1000 Airplanes on the Roof, The Voyage and The Silver River), and, with composer-performer Prince, the song, "Solo."
Flower Drum Song plays the Virginia Theatre, which is located at 245 West 52nd Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets, priced between $65 and $95, are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. For more information, go to www.flowerdrumsong.com.