The Pacific Overtures [Original London Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although it failed to find a sustaining audience when it opened on Broadway in 1976, Pacific Overtures, a musical about the opening of Japan to the West written by John Weidman with songs by Stephen Sondheim, continued to attract interest over the years, with an Off-Broadway production in 1984 and a British regional premiere in 1986. The English National Opera took it up the following year, opening the first London performance on September 10, 1987, followed shortly after by a recording of the full show that was issued on two CDs That's Entertainment Records TER-21152 and a slightly abridged double-LP set TER-21151. The most commonly available version, however, was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although it failed to find a sustaining audience when it opened on Broadway in 1976, Pacific Overtures, a musical about the opening of Japan to the West written by John Weidman with songs by Stephen Sondheim, continued to attract interest over the years, with an Off-Broadway production in 1984 and a British regional premiere in 1986. The English National Opera took it up the following year, opening the first London performance on September 10, 1987, followed shortly after by a recording of the full show that was issued on two CDs That's Entertainment Records TER-21152 and a slightly abridged double-LP set TER-21151. The most commonly available version, however, was this highlights disc, which contains the songs only. Roughly comparable to the Original Broadway Cast album though 11 minutes longer, it presents a somewhat more formal version of the score, probably because the Broadway version employed Asian and Asian-American actors, while this one features British opera singers who miss much of the humor of the score. For instance, Simon Masterton-Smith, playing the Shogun's mother, sings "Chrysanthemum Tea," a song of murder, with plenty of menace but none of the character that Broadway's Alvin Ing brought to it. The one song that the opera singers do really well with is "Please Hello," in which admirals from various countries demand admittance to Japan; particularly effective is the British one, played by Eric Roberts, who sings a parody of Gilbert & Sullivan's "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" with both the necessary speed and individual phrasing. Nevertheless, the Broadway album remains superior. [In 2004, Jay Records released a remastered version of this album that improved it enormously. The original 1988 TER Classics edition had been mastered so softly that it was difficult to hear well, even at high volume. The new version largely corrected this problem.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Jay Records
  • UPC: 605288138225
  • Catalog Number: 1382
  • Sales rank: 190,806

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue - English National Opera Orchestra (3:00)
  2. 2 The Advantage of Floating in the Middle of the Sea - Richard Angas (6:23)
  3. 3 There is No Other Way - Alan Woodrow (5:41)
  4. 4 Four Black Dragons - John Cashmore (4:50)
  5. 5 Chrysanthemum Tea - Simon Masterton-Smith (9:58)
  6. 6 Poems - Christopher Booth-Jones (3:51)
  7. 7 Welcome to Kanagawa - Gordon Christie (5:08)
  8. 8 Someone in a Tree - Alan Woodrow (6:50)
  9. 9 Please Hello - Paul Strathearn (9:38)
  10. 10 A Bowler Hat - Malcolm Rivers (5:17)
  11. 11 Pretty Lady - Alan Woodrow (3:09)
  12. 12 Next - Richard Angas (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
English National Opera Primary Artist
Joji Hirota Track Performer, Japanese Percussion
Jim Holmes Conductor
Terry Jenkins Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Michael Lloyd Conductor
Michael Sadler Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Yoshikazu Iwamoto Shakuhachi, Track Performer
James Flournoy Holmes Conductor
Raymond Ovens Leader
Eric Roberts Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Richard Angas Vocals, cast
Leon Berger Vocals, cast
Edward Byles Vocals, cast
John Cashmore Vocals, cast
Carolyn Choa Dancer
Diana Choy Dancer
Gordon Christie Vocals, cast
Ian Comboy Vocals, cast
Graham Fletcher Vocals, cast
John Kitchiner Vocals, cast
Donna Louise Dancer
Claire Lutter Dancer
Thomas Marty cast
Ian McLaren cast
Harry Nicoll Vocals, cast
Alan Woodrow Vocals, cast
Paul Strathearn Vocals, cast
Malcolm Rivers Vocals, cast
James Holmes Conductor
Christopher Booth-Jones Vocals
English National Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Simon Masterton-Smith Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Joji Hirota Contributor
John Kurlander Engineer
Michael Lloyd Contributor
Jonathan Tunick Orchestration
John Weidman Author, Book, Sleeve Notes
David Toguri Choreographer
Ben Turner Engineer
John Yap Producer, Executive Producer
Raymond Ovens Orchestra Leader
Hugh Wheeler Additional Music
Anthea Pender Cover Design
Sophie Marchant Remastering
Nicola Bowie Assistant Choreographer
Henrietta Bredin Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Carolyn Choa Assistant Choreographer
Heather Kenmure Cover Design
Marie Jeanne Lecca Costume Design
Keith Warner Stage Direction
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