Pacific Overtures
Composer: Stephen J Sondheim
Librettist: Stephen J Sondheim
Other Artistic Personnel: Harold Prince (Director)
Patricia Birch (Choreography)
Boris Aronson (Production Design)
Florence Klotz (Costume Design)
Tharon Musser (Lighting Design)
Haruki Fujimoto (Kabuki Consultant)
Richard Allen (Makeup and Wig Design)
E.J. Taylor (Masks and Dolls)
Daniel Troob (Dance Music)
Paul Gemignani (Musical Direction)
Jonathan Tunick (Orchestration)
Original Cast: Mako (Reciter, Shogun, Jonathan Goble)
Soon-Teck Oh (Tamate, Kayama's Wife, Samurai, Storyteller, Swordsman)
Isao Sato (Kayama)
Yuki Shimoda (Abe, First Councillor)
Sab Shimono (Manjiro)
Ernest Abuba (Samurai, Adams, Noble)
James Dybas (Second Councillor, Old Man, French Admiral)
Premiere Date: January 11, 1976
Producing Company: Winter Garden Theatre
Description: From the point of view of a traditional samurai, Kayama Yasaemon, and a fisherman, Manjiro, Pacific Overtures traces the changing Japanese identity through their challenging Westernization. Set in 1853 it follows from Japan’s first contact with America through the modern age. While Kayama embraces Western culture, his friend rediscovers his Japanese roots. With a politically charged commentary on greatly contrasting cultures, the music of Pacific Overtures reflects the tone with a mixture of pentatonic scales and Broadway showtunes.
Comments: Winner of two Tony Awards.
Length: 01:10
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: Mixture of Japanese-style pentatonic scales and Western showtunes
Contact: Music Theatre International
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Phone: 212-541-4684
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