Pacific Overtures [New Broadway Cast Recording]

Pacific Overtures [New Broadway Cast Recording]


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Pacific Overtures [New Broadway Cast Recording]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: P.S. Classics
UPC: 0803607052829
catalogNumber: 528
Rank: 78497

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
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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