“Nippon. The floating kingdom. An island empire which for centuries
has lived in perfect peace, undisturbed by intruders from across the
That is until Commodore Matthew Perry and an American fleet
arrive in 1853 to “open” it up to the West, and a civilization of
timeless tradition and seamless serenity begins to unravel under the
impact of new ideas.
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman (authors of ASSASSINS)
explore the painful Westernization of Japan through the story of two
friends caught in the inevitable winds of change. Mixing elements of
Kabuki theatre with the conventions of the Broadway musical, PACIFIC OVERTURES is considered by many to be the artistic pinnacle of the legendary Sondheim/Prince
collaborations. A highly original, inventive, powerful, educational
and surprisingly humorous theatrical experience, it pushes the
boundaries of musical theatre farther than ever before. Every musical
number is a revelation in a groundbreaking score containing material Sondheim
considers his best.
Its epic scope, ethnic cast and subject matter, and sheer ambition make PACIFIC OVERTURES a unique and worthwhile effort for any theatre – large or small – looking for a challenge.
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John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two of the leading characters in 1776, both died on the fourth of July, 1826!