Pacific Overtures, the landmark musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, chronicles the influence America had upon Japan, detailing and dramatizing the Westernization of Japanese culture from the time of Commodore Matthew Perry’s arrival in the “Floating Kingdom” of Nippon in 1853. The evening features a discussion on the musical and its legacy between Amon Miyamoto, who will direct the upcoming production of Pacific Overtures at the Roundabout Theatre (performed in English and with an all Asian-American cast), Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Also included in the program will be a sampling of music from the show, performed live.
Stephen Holden, New York Times Film & Music Critic
Followed by a reception.
Tickets: $15; Japan Society members, seniors, Pacific Overtures ticket holders & students $12.
- November 1, 2004
- 6:30 pm