Pacific Overtures: Musical Info & Synopsis


Pacific Overtures unfolds the historical transformation of Japan. The story follows the impact of American Commodore Matthew Perry’s arrival in 1853, prompting Japan to reevaluate its traditions and policies. Through the eyes of two friends, Kayama and Manjiro, Pacific Overtures explores the clash between Eastern and Western cultures, the consequences of modernization, and the cost of progress.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1800s / Japan

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Book: John Weidman

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1976)➝

Original London Cast (1989)➝

Broadway Cast (2004)➝


Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1970s, DramaticHistoricalNarratorPolitical

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