Pacific Overtures


Writers: John Weidman Hugh Wheeler Stephen Sondheim


  • Prologue — Orchestra
  • The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea — Reciter and Company
  • There Is No Other Way — Tamate, Observers
  • Four Black Dragons — Fisherman, Thief, Reciter, Townspeople
  • Chrysanthemum Tea — Shogun, Shogun's Mother, Shogun's Wife, Soothsayer, Priests, Shogun's Companion, Physician, Sumo Wrestlers
  • Poems — Kayama, Manjiro
  • Welcome to Kanagawa — Madam and Girls
  • March to the Treaty House — Orchestra
  • Someone in a Tree — Old Man, Reciter, Boy, Warrior
  • Lion Dance — Commodore Perry
  • Please Hello — Abe, Reciter, American, British, Dutch, Russian and French Admirals)
  • A Bowler Hat — Kayama
  • Pretty Lady — Three British Sailors
  • Next — Reciter and Company

A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.

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