Pacific Overtures

Studio 54

Previews Began: November 12, 2004

Opening Night: December 2, 2004

Closing Night: January 30, 2005

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Music: Stephen Sondheim

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Book: John Weidman

The show is set in 1853 Japan 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.

Musical Numbers

Act One

Prologue…………………………………………….Orchestra
The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the
Sea………………………………………..Reciter, Company
There Is No Other Way………..Tamate, Observers
Four Black Dragons…….Fisherman, Thief, Reciter,
                                       Townspeople
Chrysanthemum Tea…..Shogun, Shogun’s Mother,
                                     Shogun’s Wife, Soothsayer,
                                 Priests, Shogun’s Companion,
                                     Physician, Sumo Wrestlers
Poems……………………………………..Kayama, Manjiro
Welcome to Kanagawa………………….Madam, Girls
March to the Treaty House………………..Orchestra
Someone in a Tree…………..Old Man, Reciter, Boy,
                                            Warrior
Lion Dance…………………………….Commodore Perry

Act Two

Please Hello……….Abe, Reciter, American, British,
                            Dutch, Russian, French Admirals
A Bowler Hat…………………………………………Kayama
Pretty Lady………………………..Three British Sailors
Next………………………………………Reciter, Company

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