jakub | November 25, 2023

Menier Chocolate Factory’s Pacific Overtures Revival Begins November 25

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Menier Chocolate Factory's Pacific Overtures Revival Begins November 25

Matthew White directs Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 1976 Tony-nominated musical.

Company of Pacific Overtures
Manuel Harlan

The Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman‘s 1976
Tony-nominated musical Pacific Overtures begins previews November 25.

The co-production with Umeda Arts Theater will play the London venue through February 24, 2024, with an official opening December

Directed by Matthew White, the cast features Jon Chew as the
Reciter, Kanako Nakano as Tamate, Saori Oda as Shogun/Madam, Takuro Ohno
as Kayama, and Joaquin Pedro Valdes as Manjiro, with Luoran Ding,
Masashi Fujimoto, Rachel Hayne Picar, Eu Jin Hwang, Abel Law, Ethan Le
Phong, JoJo Meredith, Patrick Munday, Sario Solomon, Joy Tan, Lee V G,
and Iverson Yabut.

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The musical—set in 1853, after 200 years of stability, as Japan faces
an American expedition determined to open the “floating kingdom” to
trade—also has set design by Paul Farnsworth, costume design by
Ayako Maeda, sound design by Gregory Clarke, choreography by Ashley
Nottingham, musical supervision by Catherine Jayes, musical direction by
Paul Bogaev, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, and hair and makeup
design by Wakana Yoshihara. You-Ri Yamanaka is the cultural consultant.

Pacific Overtures, featuring such tunes as “Someone in a
Tree,” “Pretty Lady,” and “A Bowler Hat,” completes the Menier’s
trilogy of Weidman-Sondheim musicals following productions of Assassins and Road Show.

This staging, following successful runs in Tokyo and Osaka, marks the
first time the revisions made by Sondheim and Weidman in 2017 have been seen in the U.K.

The original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures opened
at the Winter Garden Theatre in January 1976, playing 13 previews and
193 regular performances. The production was nominated for 10 1976 Tony
Awards, including Best Musical. It won Tonys for Best Costume Design
(Florence Klotz) and Best Scenic Design (Boris Aronson).

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Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for Menier Chocolate Factory's Pacific Overtures

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