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Pacific Overtures 1976

Ages: 10+
Opened: January 11, 1976
Closing: June 27, 1976

Pacific Overtures - 1976 - Broadway History , Info & More

Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway)
1634 Broadway New York, NY 10019

Spanning 150 years, Pacific Overtures tells the story of Commodore Matthew Perry's arrival in the "Floating Kingdom" of Nippon in 1853. The show chronicles the influence America had upon Japan, detailing and dramatizing the westernization of Japanese culture.


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Pacific Overtures History

Other Productions of Pacific Overtures

1976   Broadway Original Broadway Production
Broadway
1976   US Tour West Coast Tour
US Tour
1984   Off-Off-Broadway York Theatre Company Production
Off-Off-Broadway
1984   Off-Broadway Off-Broadway Revival
Off-Broadway
1987   Regional (UK) English National Opera Production
Regional (UK)
2000   New National Theatre of Tokyo Production
2001   Regional (US) Regional Revival
Regional (US)
2002   US Tour New National Theatre of Tokyo Production
US Tour
2003   US Tour Touring Revival
US Tour
2003   West End Donmar Warehouse Revival
West End
2004   Broadway Roundabout Revival
Broadway
2017   Off-Broadway Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway Revival
Off-Broadway

Pacific Overtures - 1976 Broadway Awards and Nominations

Note: Award winners will appear on a background
Year Ceremony Category Nominee
1976 New York Drama Critics Circle Awards Best Musical Stephen Sondheim
1976 New York Drama Critics Circle Awards Best Musical John Weidman
1976 New York Drama Critics Circle Awards Best Musical Hugh Wheeler
1976 The Hewes Awards Costume Design Florence Klotz
1976 The Hewes Awards Scenic Design Boris Aronson
1976 Tony Awards Best Book of a Musical John Weidman
1976 Tony Awards Best Choreography Patricia Birch
1976 Tony Awards Best Costume Design Florence Klotz
1976 Tony Awards Best Lighting Design Tharon Musser
1976 Tony Awards Best Musical Harold Prince
1976 Tony Awards Best Musical Ruth Mitchell
1976 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Stephen Sondheim
1976 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Isao Sato
1976 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Mako
1976 Tony Awards Best Scenic Design Boris Aronson

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