Pacific Overtures (abridged)

Classic Stage Company, New York
2017-05-19 • 20:00

Even though I’m mad at John Doyle for cutting “Crysanthemum Tea” (among other things) out of Pacific Overtures, I have to acknowledge that what remains of the show still works wonders.

The bare-bones production gives an opportunity to focus on the brilliance of Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics. The orchestrations, by Jonathan Tunick, are delightful beyond words. All the more reasons to lament that some equally brilliant material was left out.

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by John Weidman. 
Directed by John Doyle. With George Takei (The Reciter), Orville Mendoza (Manjiro), Steven Eng (Kayama), Thom Sesma (Lord Abe), Ann Harada (Madam), …

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