Pacific Overtures [New Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607052829
  • Catalog Number: 528
  • Sales rank: 96,639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue - B.D. Wong (2:14)
  2. 2 The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea - B.D. Wong (6:30)
  3. 3 Kayama Yesaemon. A samurai, but one of little consequence - 2004 Broadway Cast (2:08)
  4. 4 There Is No Other Way - 2004 Broadway Cast (4:14)
  5. 5 Four Black Dragons - 2004 Broadway Cast (4:03)
  6. 6 Disaster! The Americans insist upon landing - B.D. Wong (1:02)
  7. 7 Chyrsanthemum Tea - 2004 Broadway Cast (9:09)
  8. 8 My Lord Governor of Uraga, you have saved my life - 2004 Broadway Cast (0:51)
  9. 9 Poems - 2004 Broadway Cast (3:41)
  10. 10 Welcome to Kanagawa - 2004 Broadway Cast (6:24)
  11. 11 March to the Treaty House - B.D. Wong (1:12)
  12. 12 Someone in a Tree - 2004 Broadway Cast (6:41)
  13. 13 Whatever happened inside the treaty house... - 2004 Broadway Cast (1:02)
  14. 14 Please Hello! - 2004 Broadway Cast (9:30)
  15. 15 A Bowler Hat - 2004 Broadway Cast (6:44)
  16. 16 Pretty Lady - 2004 Broadway Cast (3:30)
  17. 17 Next - B.D. Wong (6:27)
  18. 18 Bonus track: Prayers (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Sondheim Piano, Vocals
Dennis Anderson Woodwind
Paul Gemignani Conductor, Musical Direction
Michael K. Lee cast
Suzanne Ornstein Violin, Viola
Paul Ford Keyboards
Thad Wheeler Percussion
Harold Prince Narrator
Paul Pizzuti Percussion
Richard Heckman Musician
Deborah Assael Cello
Steve Kenyon Musician
Scott Watanabe cast
Sab Shimono Vocals, cast
Alvin Ing Vocals
B.D. Wong cast, Recitation
Francis Jue Vocals, cast
Mark Mitchell Keyboards
Paolo Montalban Vocals, cast
Eric Bondoc cast
Evan D'Angeles cast
Rick Edinger Vocals, cast
Joseph Anthony Foronda Vocals, cast
Yoko Fumoto Vocals, cast
Telly Leung Vocals, cast
Alan Muraoka Vocals, cast
Mayumi Omagari Vocals, cast
Daniel Jay Park Vocals, cast
Hazel Anne Raymundo Vocals, cast
Yuka Takara Vocals, cast
Orville Mendoza cast
Michael K. Lee Vocals
Eric Bonduc Vocals
Pacific Overtures cast ensemble Choir, Chorus
Scott Watanabe Vocals
Darren Lee Vocals, cast
Randall Andos Musician
Brian Miller Musician
Paul Pizzutti Percussion
Paul Ford Keyboards
Evan D'Angeles Vocals
Mark Mitchell Keyboards
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer, Lyricist
Philip Chaffin Executive Producer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Joe Lambert Mastering
Tom Lazarus Engineer, Engineering
Jonathan Tunick Orchestration
John Weidman Liner Notes, Book
Hugh Wheeler Additional Music
Jason Gaines Editorial Coordinator
Bart Migal Engineer
Dan Moses Schreier Sound Design
Nichole Larson Company Manager
Sean Patrick Flahaven Liner Notes, Plot Synopsis
Mark Bakalor Marketing
Amon Miyamoto Liner Notes
S. Keepers Logo Design
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