PHOTO CALL: Flower Drum Song Reunion

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Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Things weren't low at all for the two Broadway Linda Lows, Pat Suzuki (left), who played the role in 1958, and Sandra Allen, who is performing "Fan Tan Fannie" nightly at the Virginia Theatre in the revised edition of Flower Drum Song. With them is actress BarBara Luna, who played Low in a production of the musical at the Muny Theater in St. Louis in 1981.

Oct. 8, after the show, cast members from the original staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song met up with the new stars of the musical, now with a rewritten book by David Henry Hwang. Among the returnees were Cely Carrillo (Mei-Li); Susan Lynn Kikuchi (Child); ensemble members Jose Ahumada, Fumi Akimoto, Paula Chin and Betty Kawamura; and Maureen Tiongco, who played Mei-Li for over 2,000 performances nationally and internationally.

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