Pacific Overtures (1976)

Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. The lives of both men are radically changed by the coming of American ships to Japan.

Both performances on June 9, 1976 were filmed at the Winter Garden Theatre specifically for Japanese television. The program never aired in the US or in any other territory.

This later became the first of several Broadway musicals that were filmed specifically for Japanese television - musicals such as Victor/Victoria and The Will Rogers Follies.

  • Marty Pasetta
  • Harold Prince
  • John Weidman
Release Date: 1976-09-06
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  • Runtime: 140


Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble

Soon-Tek Oh

Tamate / Samurai / Storyteller / Swordsman

Sab Shimono


Alvin Ing

Shogun's Mother / Observer / Merchant / American Admiral

Ernest Abuba

Samurai / Adams / Noble

Freda Foh Shen

Shogun's Wife

Gedde Watanabe

Priest / Girl / Boy

Kim Miyori

Proscenium Servant / Sailor / Townsperson