‘Flower’ part of Taper’s bouquet

Longbottom to helm, choreograph

The musical “Flower Drum Song,” David Henry Hwang’s retooling of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1958 tuner, which was yanked in January from the Ahmanson’s spring sked due to budget issues, has found a home at the Mark Taper Forum.

While Daily Variety previously mentioned in April that the show was expected to land at the venue, the Center Theatre Group is expected to make it official today.

“Flower Drum Song” will be brought to the Taper Oct. 14 to Dec. 2. under the direction and choreography of Robert Longbottom.

CTG, which will celebrate the Taper’s 35th anni in 2002, is also expected to unleash its anniversary season sked today.

On the slate is “My Old Lady,” by Israel Horovitz, directed by David Esbjornson. Show will run Dec. 20 through Feb. 3.

Next up will be “The Moliere Comedies” — “The School for Husbands” and “The Imaginary Cuckold.” The double-bill, which features Brian Bedford, is skedded from Feb. 21 through April 7.

“Sorrows and Rejoicings,” written and directed by Athol Fugard, will run May 23 through June 30, while Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba,” adapted by Chay Yew and directed by Lisa Peterson, will serve as a finale to the Taper’s 35th season. Play will run July 25 through Sept. 1.

Also on the Taper ticket will be Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen,” which will be housed at the Wilshire Theatre Nov. 20 through Jan. 6. The performances will be directed by Michael Blakemore.

Tickets for the season are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public in September.

For information, call (213) 628-2772.

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