Pacific Overtures (1976)

Pacific Overtures is a musical written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. The show is set in Japan beginning in 1853 and follows the difficult westernization of Japan, told from the point of view of the Japanese. In particular, the story focuses on the lives of two friends caught in the change. The original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures in 1976 was staged in Kabuki style, with men playing women's parts and set changes made in full view of the audience by black-clad stagehands. It opened to mixed reviews and closed after six months, despite being nominated for ten Tony Awards.Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. The lives of both men are radically changed by the coming of American ships to Japan.

Directing:
  • Harold Prince
  • Marty Pasetta
  • Hal Prince

Writing:
  • John Weidman

Stars:
Release Date: 1976-09-06
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 140

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Ernest Abuba
Ernest Abuba
Samurai / Adams / Noble
Mako
Mako
Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble
Soon-Tek Oh
Soon-Tek Oh
Tamate / Samurai / Storyteller / Swordsman
Yuki Shimoda
Yuki Shimoda
Abe - First Councillor
Sab Shimono
Sab Shimono
Manjiro
Isao Sato
Isao Sato
Kayama
Alvin Ing
Alvin Ing
Shogun's Mother / Observer / Merchant / American Admiral
Ernest Harada
Ernest Harada
Physician / Madam / British Admiral
Freda Foh Shen
Freda Foh She...
Shogun's Wife
Gedde Watanabe
Gedde Watanab...
Priest / Girl / Boy
Kim Miyori
Kim Miyori
Proscenium Servant / Sailor / Townsperson
Mako Iwamatsu
Mako Iwamatsu
Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble
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