2004 Broadway Revival Cast

Pacific Overtures [New Broadway Cast Recording]

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Pacific Overtures is in some ways the quintessential Stephen Sondheim musical. Developed out of a play by librettist John Weidman about the opening of Japan by Admiral Perry in 1853, it has a highly unusual subject matter for a Broadway show. And it treats that subject matter in a highly unusual way: its music owes much to traditional Japanese styles, and it tells its story largely from the point of view of the Japanese. The attempt to break new ground for the Broadway musical is a hallmark of Sondheim's method, and the show's reception is also typical; it was a succès d'estime, much respected by theater lovers but not actually financially successful, with an initial run in 1976 of a mere 193 performances, followed by only occasional revivals, none of them a full-blown Broadway production. But in 2000, Amon Miyamoto directed a version in Japan, performed in Japanese, that was seen by Sondheim and Weidman, who worked to bring it to the U.S. That production did have American performances, but the 2004 Broadway revival mounted as a limited run by the subscription-based Roundabout Theatre Company and again directed by Miyamoto is back in English and features American actors such as B.D. Wong, a Broadway veteran, who stars as the Reciter. On-stage, the revival is much different in appearance from the 1976 version, with the kabuki elements abandoned and a spare stage set. On disc, the differences are less noticeable. The cast album is an excellent rendition of the score, and it is longer than the original, with much dialogue included, which gives a better sense of the storyline. An added treat is "Prayers," a cut song performed by Sondheim and original director Hal Prince during the run-up to the original production, that has been included as a bonus.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Pacific Overtures, musical play
1 B.D. Wong 02:14 Amazon
2 B.D. Wong 06:30 Amazon
3 2004 Broadway Cast / Yoko Fumoto / Michael K. Lee / B.D. Wong 02:08 Amazon
4 2004 Broadway Cast / Evan D'Angeles / Telly Leung 04:14 Amazon
5 2004 Broadway Cast / Joseph Anthony Foronda / Scott Watanabe / B.D. Wong 04:03 Amazon
6 B.D. Wong 01:02 Amazon
7 Eric Bondoc / 2004 Broadway Cast / Joseph Anthony Foronda / Alvin Ing / Telly Leung / Daniel Jay Park / Hazel Anne Raymundo / Yuka Takara / Scott Watanabe 09:09 Amazon
8 2004 Broadway Cast / Michael K. Lee / Paolo Montalban 00:51 Amazon
9 2004 Broadway Cast / Michael K. Lee / Paolo Montalban 03:41 Amazon
10 2004 Broadway Cast / Francis Jue / Mayumi Omagari / Daniel Jay Park / Hazel Anne Raymundo / Yuka Takara / B.D. Wong 06:24 Amazon
11 B.D. Wong 01:12 Amazon
12 2004 Broadway Cast / Evan D'Angeles / Alvin Ing / Telly Leung / B.D. Wong 06:41 Amazon
13 2004 Broadway Cast / Sab Shimono / B.D. Wong 01:02 Amazon
14 2004 Broadway Cast / Evan D'Angeles / Darren Lee / Alan Muraoka / Daniel Jay Park / Sab Shimono / Scott Watanabe / B.D. Wong 09:30 Amazon
15 2004 Broadway Cast / Michael K. Lee / B.D. Wong 06:44 Amazon
16 2004 Broadway Cast / Rick Edinger / Darren Lee / Telly Leung 03:30 Amazon
17 B.D. Wong 06:27 Amazon
18 2004 Broadway Cast 03:53 Amazon
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