Pacific Overtures

Musical

Writers: John Weidman Hugh Wheeler Stephen Sondheim

Overview

Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Cast Size
large
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, early teen, late teen, young adult characters

Synopsis

Taking place in 19th century Japan, the story concerns the culture clash sparked by America's 1853 mission to open up Japan to the West. Up to this point, Japan had been an island empire living in peace for centuries, undisturbed by foreign intruders. However, once Commodore Perry and the Americans arrive, a civilization of timeless tradition and seamless serenity begins to unravel under the impact of new ideas. *The show includes elements of traditional Japanese theatre (Kabuki and Bunraku). In keeping with Japanese tradition, female characters are often played by male actors depending on the producer's discretion.

Lead Characters