Pacific Overtures (London, Menier Chocolate Factory, 2023) | Playbill

Pacific Overtures


A co-production with Umeda Arts Theater


A stunning exploration of tradition and transformation based on historical events.

In 1853, after 200 years of stability, Japan faces an American expedition determined to open the “floating kingdom” to trade. The isolationist island’s reckoning with the unwelcome western influence is brilliantly illuminated through a kaleidoscope of stories about sailors, samurai, “someone in a tree” and two friends who choose radically different paths.

This innovative epic of East meets West is one of Sondheim’s most ambitious and rarely produced musicals.

Directed by Matthew White
Scenic Design by Paul Farnsworth
Costume Design by Ayako Maeda
Sound Design by Gregory Clarke
Choreography by Ashley Nottingham
Musical Supervision by Catherine Jayes
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Cast Includes Jon Chew, Kanako Nakano, Saori Oda, Takuro Ohno, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, Luoran Ding, Masashi Fujimoto, Rachel Hayne Picar, Eu Jin Hwang, Abel Law, Ethan Le Phong, JoJo Meredith, Patrick Munday, Sario Solomon, Joy Tan, Lee V G, Iverson Yabut


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