Pacific Overtures: Musical Info & Synopsis


Synopsis:

Pacific Overtures follows the impact of American Commodore Matthew Perry’s arrival to Japan in 1853, prompting the country 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 hidden costs 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)➝


Resources

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


Tags

1970s, DramaticHistoricalNarrator, Original, Political


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