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Pacific Overtures: Full cast announced

Pacific Overtures at the Menier
Pacific Overtures poster, Menier Chocolate Factory

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures – which recounts the West's attempt to force open Japan for international trade in the late 19th century – plays from 25 November 2023 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The production, directed by Matthew White, is a collaboration with Umeda Arts Theater in Japan, where it has already been a huge success in Tokyo and Osaka.

As announced this week, the cast features:

Jon Chew: The Reciter

Kanako Nakano: Tamate

Saori Oda: Shogun/Madam

Takuro Ohno: Kayama

Joaquin Pedro Valdes: Manjiro


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

Iverson Yabut

Cast listing for Pacific Overtures at the Menier
Cast listing for Pacific Overtures at the Menier

According to the Menier:

The story of the arrival of the West in 1853 in isolated Japan is seen from a western perspective but played in an eastern style. The score is filled with some of Sondheim’s most ravishing music, including "Someone in a Tree", "Pretty Lady" and "A Bowler Hat". Pacific Overtures completes the Menier’s trilogy of Sondheim/Weidman musicals following their critically acclaimed productions of Assassins and Road Show."

Director: Matthew White

Set Design: Paul Farnsworth

Costume Design: Ayako Maeda

Lighting Designer: Paul Pyant

Sound Design: Gregory Clarke

Choreography: Ashley Nottingham

Musical Supervision: Catherine Jayes

Musical Direction: Paul Bogaev

Orchestrations: Jonathan Tunick

Hair & Make-up Design: Wakana Yoshihara

Traditional Japanese Movement & Cultural Consultant: You-ri Yamanaka

Pacific Overtures at the Menier: 25 November 2023 to 24 February 2024

Opening Night: Monday 4 December 2023

Tuesday to Saturday: 7:30pm

Saturday & Sunday: 3pm

Additional performances on: 27 November, 7 January at 7.30pm, additional matinee performance on 28 December at 3pm.

No performances on: 26 November, 3rd, 10th, 24th, 25th and 26th December

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