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Pacific Overtures - 2003 - West End Tickets, News, Info & More

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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by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 6, 2022
Sondheim's Passion is a legendary musical based on Ettore Scola’s Italian film, Passion d’Amore. Situated in 19th Century Italy, the production tells the tale of a young soldier, Giorgio (Dean John-Wilson), who is obsessively pursued by the relation of his superior officer, Fosca (Ruthie Henshall) - a woman prone to severe melancholy and mania.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 4, 2022
Broadstream announced today that Authentically You, a new digital series hosted by Riza Takahaski (Mean Girls), is now available for streaming exclusively on the new, free-for-user streaming platform.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2022
Skylight Music Theatre announced Skylight in the Park with Sondheim, a summer fundraiser in the park on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 6 p.m. The fundraiser will be held outdoors under the trees of Catalano Square, located steps away from Skylight’s home in the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
by Team BWW - May 26, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2022
Signature Theatre has announced its 33rd season today, which highlights the organization’s long-time relationship with the legendary Stephen Sondheim. Signature has produced 31 Sondheim productions in its 32 season history – more than any other theater in North America.
by A.A. Cristi - May 24, 2022
The best of Broadway came together to salute love in all forms on May 23, 2022, singing and dancing in celebration of LGBTQ+ stories and musical theater at the first live performance of Broadway Backwards since 2019. View photos from Broadway Backwards here.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 2, 2022
This sweeping and stirring musical masterpiece paints a portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, interweaving the lives of three families—an African American family, a Jewish Immigrant family, and a wealthy white family—finding their places and pursuing the American Dream in a rapidly changing world.
by Stephi Wild - May 19, 2022
The Old Globe has announced the cast and creative team for William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Shana Cooper (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare, Yale Rep) directs a cast of 20.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022
Pasadena Playhouse has announced the 2022/2023 Season featuring a six-month-long celebration of the works and impact of Stephen Sondheim.  The State Theater of California’s Sondheim Celebration will begin in January 2023 and extend into June.  Find out what shows are included and the full schedule.
by A.A. Cristi - May 19, 2022
San Francisco Playhouse announced casting for Follies by James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim. The musical will run on the San Francisco Playhouse Mainstage from June 30 through September 10, 2022. Bill English will direct, with music direction by Dave Dobrusky and choreography by Nicole Helfer. This marks the first fully staged professional production of Follies in San Francisco.
by A.A. Cristi - May 18, 2022
Read the reviews for Stephen Sondheim's Passion at the Hope Mill Theatre. Sondheim's Passion is a legendary musical based on Ettore Scola's Italian film, Passion d'Amore, starring Ruthie Henshall in the role of Fosca. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022
San Francisco Playhouse announced casting for Follies by James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim. The musical will run on the San Francisco Playhouse Mainstage from June 30 through September 10, 2022.
by Marissa Tomeo - May 15, 2022
The nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced by actor, author, civil rights activist and influencer, George Takei, on Monday, May 16, with the top four categories announced live on Spectrum News NY1 at 4 p.m. ET.  Takei will join NY1 anchor Ruschell Boone and “On Stage” host Frank DiLella to announce the nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Revival of a Play. Following the live announcement, the complete list of Drama Desk Awards nominations will be available on dramadeskawards.com. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022
The nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced by actor, author, civil rights activist and influencer, George Takei, on Monday, May 16, with the top four categories announced live on Spectrum News NY1 at 4 p.m. ET.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 9, 2022
People's Light presents Hold These Truths, a solo play inspired by the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, bringing back the entire team of the 2020 production that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
by Gil Kaan - Mar 7, 2022
East West Players has resumed LIVE performances with Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (already opened). East West Players’ producing artistic director Snehal Desai directs the cast which includes Trance Thompson, Gedde Watanabe, Adam Kaokept, Joan Almedilla, Max Torrez, Christopher Chen, George Xavier, Astoncia Bhagat, Arvin Lee, Aric Martin, Kym Miller, Andrea Somera, Jalen Lum, Michael Cavinder and Maya Nahree McGowan. I had the chance to toss a few questions to Gedde, this enduring, steadily working actor, about his long relationship with East West and his various other acting gigs.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 7, 2022
YELLOW SOUND LABEL has announced the release of Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions – Volume Two, the next installment of the monumental three-volume set dedicated to the oeuvre of iconic musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim.
by Evan Henerson - Mar 5, 2022
Los Angeles’s East West Players has a long and vibrant history with the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, making it hardly a news flash that the company would both take a – er – shot at the composer’s controversial 1990 work, ASSASSINS, and end up bringing it off so splendidly.
by Jim Munson - Mar 4, 2022
BroadwayWorld talks to composer Paul Gordon and director Robert Kelley about their collaboration on a glorious new musical adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' which runs live onstage at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto from March 9th to April 3rd.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022
New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler announced today that Encores! Music Director Rob Berman will step down following the 2022 Encores! season at New  York City Center. 
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 28, 2022
Sierra Madre Playhouse presents King of the Yees, the award-winning play by Lauren Yee. Directed by Tim Dang. Produced for Sierra Madre Playhouse by Gary Lamb. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 24, 2022
DISRUPTION, a new play written by Andrew Stein and directed by Hersh Ellis (Rain and Zoe Save The World; Pacific Overtures) will have an industry reading on Thursday, March 31 at 4:00PM at Open Jar Studios (1601 Broadway, 11th Floor).
by Stephi Wild - Mar 24, 2022
A special tribute to Stephen Sondheim will take place during this year's Grammy Awards, Variety reports. Sung by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler, the performance will be part of the show's traditional In Memoriam segment, which honors those we have lost in the past year.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 23, 2022
Palo Alto Players continues its 91st season with the Peninsula premiere of' ALLEGIANCE. This powerful Broadway musical, inspired by the true-life experiences of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on Star Trek), tells the story of one family's extraordinary journey during the Japanese American internment of World War II. The company has assembled an all-star cast of 20 local Bay Area artists under the direction of Vinh G. Nguyen to bring the story of ALLEGIANCE to the stage.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2022
YELLOW SOUND LABEL has announced the release of Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions – Volume Two, the next installment of the monumental three-volume set dedicated to the oeuvre of iconic musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 22, 2022
Today, BroadwayWorld is remembering Stephen Sondheim, and celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber, both of whom share March 22nd as their birthday!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 21, 2022
To kick off your week, we have an exclusive first listen to an all new track from Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions – Volume Two, out tomorrow from Yellow Sound Label.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 17, 2022
This May 3, stars of the West End will gather to salute the legacy of the legendary Stephen Sondheim at a gala performance titled, Old Friends.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 17, 2022
The complete cast and creative team has been announced for the world premiere, pre-Broadway engagement of The Karate Kid – The Musical at STAGES St. Louis. Learn who is in the production!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 15, 2022
The Broadway sensation WICKED will welcome new cast members to the National Tour beginning performances Tuesday, March 22 at the First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, WA.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 15, 2022
Paradise Square begins previews on Broadway tonight, March 15, 2022, ahead of an opening night on April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Learn more about the cast bringing this musical to life on stage here!
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 12, 2022
Arranger and conductor Pablo Rossil turns his attention to the jazzing up of Mr. Sondheim's canon
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 10, 2022
On Monday, March 21 (5:30PM), the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center will continue its The Creative Process with a special Interview with Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim.
by Marissa Tomeo - Jun 4, 2022
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 51st season with the hit musical Ragtime. This sweeping and stirring musical masterpiece paints a portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, interweaving the lives of three families—an African American family, a Jewish Immigrant family, and a wealthy white family—finding their places and pursuing the American Dream in a rapidly changing world. Featuring a Tony Award-winning book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Terrence McNally (Master Class, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink) and a Tony Award-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Anastasia, Seussical The Musical), this musical is based on E. L. Doctorow’s best-selling novel of the same name. Ragtime will be presented June 1-26, 2022 (press opening: June 4) at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets (starting at $30) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (877)-662-8978.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 30, 2022
The classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in the unforgettable theatrical experience. Book by John Weidman, Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. / Featuring a witty, moving and insightful book by John Weidman (Assassins; Pacific Overtures; Road Show) and a score by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. (Baby; Closer than Ever; Starting Here, Starting Now).
by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2022
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) has announced casting for its new production of A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Find out who is in the show, the schedule and how to get tickets.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 29, 2022
Go inside Transport Group's all-star concert Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Broadway Celebration, presented as part of the Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series in Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre announced today the passing of founding member and company senior artist Ernest Abuba, the award-winning actor, playwright, screenwriter, and director on stage, film, and television, following a brief illness.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 2, 2022
Transport Group has announced that Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Broadway Celebration will be the next installment in its Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 8pm in Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67 Street.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2022
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present NOW MORE THAN EVER: THE SONGS OF BILLY RECCE on July 21 at 9:30pm. In this, an intimate, irreverent evening of story songs from upcoming projects, Recce's music will be sung by a colorful cluster of the country's most talented up-and-comers and Broadway stars, alongside a rocking band.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre’s annual fundraising concert Chicago Sings celebrated the American theatre titan Stephen Sondheim at Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim, held Monday, May 23 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Check out photos from the event here!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2022
Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre has announced the cast of its July 2022 in-person live production of Side by Side by Sondheim. The production will take place July 28, 29, 30 & 31, 2022 at The Tiffany Center's Crystal Room in downtown Portland, Oregon.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 5, 2022
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced the casts for the final two plays featured in the 2022 National Playwrights Conference: House of India by Deepak Kumar and Nightwatch by Max Yu.
by Michael Major - Apr 4, 2022
Cynthia Erivo, Rachel Zegler, Ben Platt, and Leslie Odom Jr. took to the stage at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards to sing the music of Stephen Sondheim for the In Memoriam. The medley performance included 'Not a Day Goes By,' 'Send in the Clowns,' and 'Somewhere.' Watch the complete performance now!
by Michael Dale - Apr 3, 2022
And Toto Too is riotously funny and remarkably true, Balkan Bordello arrives at La MaMa from Kosovo, and Gong Lum's Legacy combines romantic comedy with a controversial Supreme Court case.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022
The York Theatre Company will bring the Manhattan Queen of Cabaret, Marilyn Maye, accompanied by the incomparable Tedd Firth, to The Theatre at St. Jeans for a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY special benefit concert of Marilyn Maye in May on Monday evening, May 16, 2022 beginning at 7:30PM.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 18, 2022
The Prince Fellowship, in association with Columbia University School of the Arts, announces that  applications are now open for the 2022 Fellowship program.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 14, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the current roster of music theatre and cabaret talent performing in this year’s annual Chicago Sings fundraising concert, Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim, Monday, May 23, at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
by Jared Fessler - Apr 1, 2022
Broadway veteran Telly Leung has co-produced a documentary with Aaron Albano, another Broadway veteran and active member of the AAPI Broadway community. It is called ENSEMBLE and it is currently available via Broadway on Demand.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022
Performances for Penelope resume TOMORROW, Saturday afternoon, April 2 at 2:30PM. The limited engagement will continue through Sunday afternoon, April 24, 2022 at 2:30PM at The York’s temporary home, The Theatre at St. Jeans (150 East 76th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues). Opening Night is Thursday evening, April 7, 2022 at 7:00PM.

Pacific Overtures Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of Pacific Overtures have their been?
Pacific Overtures has had 15 productions including Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1976, US Tour which opened in 1976, Off-Off-Broadway which opened in 1984, Off-Broadway which opened in 1984, Off-Broadway which opened in 1984, Regional (UK) which opened in 1987, which opened in 2000, Regional (US) which opened in 2001, US Tour which opened in 2002, US Tour which opened in 2003, West End which opened in 2003, Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2004 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2017.

What other awards has Pacific Overtures been nominated for?
Best Costume Design (Olivier Awards) for Mara Blumenfeld, Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Gary Griffin, Best Lighting Design (Olivier Awards) for Hugh Vanstone, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Richard Henders, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Jerome Pradon, Best Sound Design (Olivier Awards) for Nick Lidster, Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Karen BruceOutstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Steohen Sondheim and Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Steohen Sondheim.

What other awards has Pacific Overtures won?
Best Costume Design (Olivier Awards) for Mara Blumenfeld Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Gary Griffin and Best Lighting Design (Olivier Awards) for Hugh Vanstone Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Richard Henders Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Jerome Pradon Best Sound Design (Olivier Awards) for Nick Lidster Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Karen Bruce Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Steohen Sondheim Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Steohen Sondheim.

What productions of Pacific Overtures have their been?
Pacific Overtures has had 15 productions including Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1976, US Tour which opened in 1976, Off-Off-Broadway which opened in 1984, Off-Broadway which opened in 1984, Off-Broadway which opened in 1984, Regional (UK) which opened in 1987, which opened in 2000, Regional (US) which opened in 2001, US Tour which opened in 2002, US Tour which opened in 2003, West End which opened in 2003, Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2004 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2017.

What awards has Pacific Overtures been nominated for?
Best Costume Design (Olivier Awards) for Mara Blumenfeld, Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Gary Griffin, Best Lighting Design (Olivier Awards) for Hugh Vanstone, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Richard Henders, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Jerome Pradon, Best Sound Design (Olivier Awards) for Nick Lidster, Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Karen BruceOutstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Steohen Sondheim and Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Steohen Sondheim.

What awards has Pacific Overtures won?
Best Costume Design (Olivier Awards) for Mara Blumenfeld Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Gary Griffin and Best Lighting Design (Olivier Awards) for Hugh Vanstone Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Richard Henders Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Jerome Pradon Best Sound Design (Olivier Awards) for Nick Lidster Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Karen Bruce Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Steohen Sondheim Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Steohen Sondheim.

What songs are in Pacific Overtures and what's the order?
The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea
There Is No Other Way
Four Black Dragons
Chrysanthemum Tea [i]
Poems
Welcome to Kanagawa
March to the Treaty House
Someone in a Tree
Lion Dance
Please Hello
A Bowler Hat
Pretty Lady
Next
Prayers
Chrysanthemum Tea [ii]
We Float
The Advantages Of Floating In The Middle Of The Sea
There Is No Other Way
Four Black Dragons
Poems
Welcome To Kanagawa
Someone In A Tree
Please Hello
A Bowler Hat
Pretty Lady
Next

What is the order of songs in Pacific Overtures and what's the order?
The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea
There Is No Other Way
Four Black Dragons
Chrysanthemum Tea [i]
Poems
Welcome to Kanagawa
March to the Treaty House
Someone in a Tree
Lion Dance
Please Hello
A Bowler Hat
Pretty Lady
Next
Prayers
Chrysanthemum Tea [ii]
We Float
The Advantages Of Floating In The Middle Of The Sea
There Is No Other Way
Four Black Dragons
Poems
Welcome To Kanagawa
Someone In A Tree
Please Hello
A Bowler Hat
Pretty Lady
Next