Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JOHN WEIDMAN
Additional Material by HUGH WHEELER
Directed by MATTHEW WHITE
TOKYO March 8 - 29, 2023 at the Nissay Theatre
OSAKA April 8 – 16, 2023 at the Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall
After running in Tokyo/Osaka in spring 2023, it is then intended to transfer to the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, with performance dates and cast to be announced at a later date.
This project is the first co-production between the Menier Chocolate Factory and Japan’s Umeda Arts Theater. Menier Chocolate Factory is one of the most influential theatres in London, known for producing bold, highly artistic works. Umeda Arts Theater is one of the most prestigious theatre companies in Japan.
The work chosen for this first collaboration is the legendary Stephen Sondheimʼs ambitious musical Pacific Overtures. The collaboration of Japanese and Western creators will lead the process of reimagining this one-of-a-kind work, which is essentially a story of Japan told through the eyes of Western artists.
The production in Japan will feature new direction by Top Hatʼ s Matthew White and a top-tier creative team along with a highly acclaimed cast consisting of Japanʼ s leading actors.
Together, they will bring you a new perspective on Pacific Overtures.