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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.

  1. Marty Pasetta


  2. Hal Prince


  3. John Weidman


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  1. Mako Iwamatsu

    Mako Iwamatsu

    Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble

  2. Soon-Tek Oh

    Soon-Tek Oh

    Tamate / Samurai / Storyteller / Swordsman

  3. Yuki Shimoda

    Yuki Shimoda

    Abe - First Councillor

  4. Sab Shimono

    Sab Shimono


  5. Isao Sato

    Isao Sato


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Pacific Overtures


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Status Released

Release Information

  • September 6, 1976


Original Language English

Runtime 2h 20m

Budget -

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