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Pacific Overtures - Vocal Selections - Full Length Musical, Drama

Pacific Overtures - Vocal Selections

Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman

Full Length Musical, Drama

ISBN: 9781559360265

Book by John Weidman 
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 
Additional Material by Hugh Wheeler

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Description
"Priceless and peerless...a thrilling work of theatricality."--Wayman Wong, San Francisco Examiner. Pacific Overtures, originally produced in 1976, combines an unsurpassed mastery of the American musical with such oriental arts as Kabuki theatre, haiku, dance and masks to recount Commander Matthew Perry's 1835 opening of Japan and its consequences right up to the present.
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After a brief out-of-town tryout in Boston, PACIFIC OVERTURES opened at the historic Winter Garden theatre in New York on January 11, 1976 for a six-month run and 193 performances. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, and won Best Scenic Design (Boris Aronson) and Best Costume Design (Florence Klotz). The original cast included Mako as the Reciter, Sab Shimono as Manjiro, Isao Sato as Kayama and Gedde Watanabe as the Priest/Boy in "Someone in a Tree."
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CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Flexible casting

AMERICAN ADMIRAL Comes to Japan from America with orders to open or spread trade with Japan. Pushy and jealous. Overly faux cheeriness. Optional Doublings: First Observer, Mother, Merchant. Male, 35-50 yrs old Range: A3 - A5

BRITISH ADMIRAL Comes to Japan from the United Kingdom with orders to open or spread trade with Japan. Pushy and jealous. Overly faux cheeriness. Optional Doublings: Madam and Physician. Male, 35-50 yrs old Range: B3 - G5

DUTCH ADMIRAL Comes to Japan from the Netherlands with orders to open or spread trade with Japan. Pushy and jealous. Overly faux cheeriness. Optional Doubling as

SHOGUN'S COMPANION. Male, 35-50 yrs old Range: B3 - G5

ENSEMBLE TOWNSPEOPLE; FIRST AND SECOND OFFICERS; AMERICAN SAILORS; PROSTITUTES; MARCHING BAND; ENLISTED MEN; OLD MEN; PEOPLE OF MODERN-DAY

JAPAN FISHERMAN A man lying out the nets for the day’s fishing. He is the first to spot the American ships sailing in. Male, 20-35 yrs old Range: C4 - G5

FRENCH ADMIRAL Comes to Japan from France with orders to open or spread trade with Japan. Pushy and jealous. Overly faux cheeriness. Optional Doublings: Second Councilor and Old Man. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: C4 - G5

JOHN MANJIRO A fisherman who was once taken prisoner and sent to America. Later becomes wise to them, however, and pretends to be the Shogun’s Lord Councilor to intimidate the American sailors. Wise and experienced in the world. Japanese. Male, 30-45 yrs old Range: C4 - G5

KAYAMA YESAEMON A previously unimportant samurai. Is named Prefect of Police by the Shogun against his will, and must tell the Americans to return home. Clever, brave, proud and dutiful. Ultimately buys into the American way of life. Japanese. Male, 25-40 yrs old Range: G3 - G5

LORD ABE First Councilor to the Shogun who later becomes the Shogun himself. Like the other Councilor’s below him he is bossy, but lazy. Menacing and with a strong air of authority. Japanese. Male, 40-60 yrs old Range: C4 - G5

MADAM Runs a whorehouse. Gentle but very firm, she instructs and teaches the girls how to behave with the barbaric guests to the country. Trying to survive life. Japanese. Female, 35-50 yrs old Range: C4 - G5

MOTHER The Shogun’s mother. She tries to warn and provoke him to action when the Americans arrive, but with no results from him she poisons him. Japanese. Male, 35-50 yrs old Range: C4 - G5

OLD MAN A man who claims to have been hiding in a tree as a young boy when the Americans came ashore at Kanagawa. Excited and spirited. Defied in his age by his body. Optional Doubling as

SECOND COUNCILOR and FRENCH ADMIRAL. Male, 50-70 yrs old Range: A3 - G5

RECITER The story's narrator and historian. He moves the story along and provides information on background and cultural customs. Often assumes the outer or inner voice of other characters throughout. An all-knowing presence who also portrays

SHOGUN and GOBLE. Male, 35-45 yrs old Range: A3 - G5

RUSSIAN ADMIRAL Comes to Japan from Russia with orders to open or spread trade with Japan. Pushy and jealous. Overly faux cheeriness. Optional Doublings: Sailor, Soothsayer, Thief, Warrior. Male, 30-50 yrs old Range: F3 - G5

THIEF A petty thief who breaks into people’s home while they are sleeping to steal their possessions. Thinks that the barbarians will steal things from people if he doesn’t. Japanese. Optional Doublings: Russian Admiral, Sailor, Soothsayer, Warrior. Male, 30-50 yrs old Range: B3 - G5

WARRIOR A man who claims to have been hiding underneath the floor of the Treaty House the day the Americans came ashore at Kanagawa as an emergency aid if the Americans posed a threat. A loyal, proud man. Optional Doublings: Russian Admiral, Sailor, Soothsayer, Thief. Male, 30-50 yrs old Range: A3 - G5

YOUNG BOY A boy who claims to have been hiding in a tree and spying when the Americans came ashore at Kanagawa. Proud of his accomplishment and cleverness. Energetic and youthful. Male, 8-12 yrs old Range: A3 - G5

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