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Pacific Overtures   

Winter Garden Theatre, (1/11/1976 - 6/27/1976)
First Preview: Dec 31, 1975 Total Previews: 13
Opening Date: Jan 11, 1976    
Closing Date: Jun 27, 1976 Total Performances: 193

Category: Musical, Comedy, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: Japan. July, 1853 and on.

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by Harold Prince; Produced in association with Ruth Mitchell
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by John Weidman; Additional material by Hugh Wheeler; Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick; Musical Director: Paul Gemignani; Dance music by Danny Troob
Directed by Harold Prince; Choreographed by Patricia Birch; Kabuki consultant: Haruki Fujimoto
Scenic Design by Boris Aronson; Costume Design by Florence Klotz; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Sound Design by Jack Mann; Make-Up Design by Richard Allen; Wig Design by Richard Allen and Paul Huntley; Masks & Dolls by E.J. Taylor
General Manager: Howard Haines; Company Manager: Leo K. Cohen
Production Stage Manager: George Martin; Stage Manager: John Grigas; Technical Supervisor: John J. Moore
Music published by Tommy Valando; Original cast album & tapes: RCA Records; Musician - Percussion: Genji Ito; Associate Conductor: Les Scott; Musician - Shamisen: Fusako Yoshida
Casting: Joanna Merlin; Press Representative: Mary Bryant; Dance Captain: Haruki Fujimoto; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne; Martial Arts Sequence by Soon-Teck Oh
Broadway debut
Jonathan Goble
Soon-Teck OhTamate
Kayama's Wife
Isao Sato
Broadway debut
Yuki ShimodaAbe, First Councillor
Sab ShimonoManjiro
Ernest AbubaSamurai
James DybasSecond Councillor
Old Man
French Admiral
Kenneth S. EilandProscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Timm FujiiSon
British Sailor
Proscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Haruki FujimotoServant
Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry
Joey GinzaProscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Larry HamaWilliams
Lord of the South
Ernest HaradaPhysician
British Admiral
Alvin IngShogun's Mother
American Admiral
Susan KikuchiProscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Patrick Kinser-LauShogun's Companion
Dutch Admiral
British Sailor
Proscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Diane LamProscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Jae Woo LeeFisherman
Sumo Wrestler
Lord of the South
Freddy MaoThird Councillor
Samurai's Daughter
Tony MarinyoProscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Tom MatsusakaImperial Priest
Kevin MaungProscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Kim MiyoriProscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Dingo SecretarioProscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Freda Foh ShenShogun's Wife
Proscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Mark Hsu SyersSamurai
Russian Admiral
British Sailor
Proscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Ricardo TobiaObserver
Proscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Gedde WatanabePriest
Proscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Leslie WatanabeGirl
Proscenium Servant, Sailor and Townsperson
Conrad YamaGrandmother
Sumo Wrestler
Japanese Merchant
Fusako YoshidaMusician - Shamisen
Understudies: Ernest Abuba (Abe, First Councillor, Swordsman), Patrick Kinser-Lau (Manjiro), Jae Woo Lee (Reciter), Freddy Mao (Samurai, Storyteller), Tony Marinyo (Third Councillor), Tom Matsusaka (Kayama), Ricardo Tobia (Second Councillor) and Gedde Watanabe (Tamate)
Tony Award®
 1976 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Harold Prince ;  Produced in association with Ruth Mitchell
 1976 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by John Weidman
 1976 Best Original Score [nominee] 
 Music by Stephen Sondheim ;  Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
 1976 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
 1976 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Isao Sato
winner 1976 Best Scenic Design [winner] 
  Boris Aronson
winner 1976 Best Costume Design [winner] 
  Florence Klotz
 1976 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 
  Tharon Musser
 1976 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Patricia Birch
 1976 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Harold Prince
Drama Desk Award
 1976 Outstanding Musical/Book [nominee] 
 Produced by Harold Prince ;  Produced in association with Ruth Mitchell ;  Book by John Weidman
 1976 Outstanding Music and Lyrics [nominee] 
 Music by Stephen Sondheim ;  Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
 1976 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Haruki Fujimoto
 1976 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 
  Patricia Birch
 1976 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 
 Directed by Harold Prince
winner 1976 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 
  Florence Klotz
winner 1976 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 
 Scenic Design by Boris Aronson
music by Stephen Sondheim; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the SeaReciter and Company
There Is No Other WayTamate (Kayama's Wife) and Observers
Four Black DragonsFisherman, Thief, Reciter and Townspeople
Chrysanthemum TeaShogun, Shogun's Mother, Shogun's Wife, Soothsayer, Priests, Shogun's Companion, Physician and Sumo Wrestlers
PoemsKayama and Manjiro
Welcome To KanagawaMadam and Girls
Someone in a TreeOld Man, Reciter, Boy and Warrior
Lion DanceCommodore Matthew Calbraith Perry
Please Hello!Lord Abe, Reciter, American Admiral, British Admiral, Dutch Admiral, Russian Admiral and French Admiral
A Bowler HatKayama and Manjiro
Pretty LadySailors
NextReciter and Company