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Pacific Overtures

 


A revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical that examines Japan's forced opening to the West in 1853 after 200 years of isolation from the Western world.

The Off-Broadway production of Pacific Overtures closed June 18, 2017. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

From the producers: In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan on a U.S. mission to open trade relations at any cost. Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman‘s remarkable musical tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the westernization of the East.

"Pacific Overtures" previewed in Boston and ran at The Kennedy Center for a month before opening on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1976. The original production was presented in Kabuki style, with men playing women's parts and set changes made in full view of the audience by people dressed in black. It opened to mixed reviews and closed after six months, despite being nominated for ten Tony Awards.

The revival stars George Takei ("Allegiance"), who is best known for portraying Mr. Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series. He is joined on stage by Karl Josef Co, Marc delaCruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma.

What is Classic Stage Company? CSC is an award-winning Off-Broadway company which is "committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience." Founded in 1967, the company performs in an intimate 199-seat venue near Union Square. More here.


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