Pacific Overtures

Performance Dates

In 1853, after 200 years of stability, Japan faces an American expedition determined to open the “floating kingdom” to trade. The isolationist island’s reckoning with the unwelcome western influence is brilliantly illuminated through a kaleidoscope of stories about sailors, samurai, “someone in a tree” and two friends who choose radically different paths.

This innovative epic of East meets West is one of Sondheim’s most ambitious and rarely produced musicals.

“One of the great musicals of our time.” ― Variety

Production Information

Show Type
Approximate Running Time
150 minutes


Mother of Shogun and others
Boy and others
Lord Abe and others
Manjiro and others
Tamate and others
Reciter and others
Kayama and others
Warrior and others
Madam and others
Perry and others

Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Choreographer for musicals
Sound Designer
Book Writer
Lighting Designer