Pacific Overtures

Musical - Original

Winter Garden Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: December 31, 1975
  • Opening Date: January 11, 1976
  • Closing Date: June 27, 1976
  • Previews: 13
  • Performances: 193

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Music: Stephen Sondheim

Book: John Weidman


Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical examines Japan's forced opening to the West in 1853 after 200 years of isolation from the Western world. The staging incorporates techniques used in the traditional Noh and Kabuki theatrical styles.


Opening Night Cast

Mako Reciter
Jonathan Goble
Soon-Teck Oh Storyteller
Isao Sato Kayama
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Opening Night Production Credits

John Weidman John Weidman Book
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim Music
Daniel Troob Daniel Troob Dance Music
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim Lyrics
Harold Prince Harold Prince Director
Patricia Birch Patricia Birch Choreographer
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1976 Outstanding Choreography Patricia Birch Nominee
1976 Outstanding Costume Design Florence Klotz Winner
1976 Outstanding Director of a Musical Harold Prince Nominee
1976 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Haruki Fujimoto Nominee
1976 Outstanding Music and Lyrics Stephen Sondheim Nominee
1976 Outstanding Musical   Nominee
1976 Outstanding Set Design Boris Aronson Winner

New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1976 Best Musical Stephen Sondheim
John Weidman
Hugh Wheeler

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1976 Actor in a Musical Mako Nominee
1976 Book of a Musical John Weidman Nominee
1976 Choreography Patricia Birch Nominee
1976 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Florence Klotz Winner
1976 Direction of a Musical Harold Prince Nominee
1976 Featured Actor in a Musical Isao Sato Nominee
1976 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Tharon Musser Nominee
1976 Musical   Nominee
1976 Original Score Stephen Sondheim Nominee
1976 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Boris Aronson Winner
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