January 11, 1976
Pacific Overtures
Composer:Stephen Sondheim
Librettist:Stephen Sondheim
Synopsis
From the point of view of a traditional samurai, Kayama Yasaemon, and a fisherman, Manjiro, Pacific Overtures traces the changing Japanese identity through their challenging Westernization. Set in 1853 it follows from Japan’s first contact with America through the modern age. While Kayama embraces Western culture, his friend rediscovers his Japanese roots. With a politically charged commentary on greatly contrasting cultures, the music of Pacific Overtures reflects the tone with a mixture of pentatonic scales and Broadway showtunes.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:10

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Mixture of Japanese-style pentatonic scales and Western showtunes

Original Cast
Mako (Reciter, Shogun, Jonathan Goble)
Soon-Teck Oh (Tamate, Kayama's Wife, Samurai, Storyteller, Swordsman)
Isao Sato (Kayama)
Yuki Shimoda (Abe, First Councillor)
Sab Shimono (Manjiro)
Ernest Abuba (Samurai, Adams, Noble)
James Dybas (Second Councillor, Old Man, French Admiral)


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