A stunning exploration of tradition and transformation based on historical events.
In 1853, after 200 years of stability, Japan faces an American expedition determined to open the “floating kingdom” to trade. The isolationist island’s reckoning with the unwelcome western influence is brilliantly illuminated through a kaleidoscope of stories about sailors, samurai, “someone in a tree” and two friends who choose radically different paths.
This innovative epic of East meets West is one of Sondheim’s most ambitious and rarely produced musicals.
“One of the great musicals of our time.”
Flip through the Pacific Overtures Program
Click the arrows to turn the pages, and click the box in the bottom right corner to view in full screen.
ASL Interpreted performance on April 7, 8PM: Use promo code PACIFICASL or click here to gain access to the best seats within view of the interpreter.
Masks are always optional in the lobby and other public areas of the building.
Face masks are required inside the performance spaces on Thursdays and Sundays.
Face masks are optional inside the performance spaces Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Running time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.
This show uses strobe lights, loud drumming and theatrical haze. Recommended for teens and adults. Signature does not admit children under 6 years old. Click here to read all content warnings.
SUPPORTED IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
“something close to miraculous”
“Outstanding… brings impressive luster to a Sondheim gem”
“Dazzlingly smart… staged magnetically by [Ethan] Heard”
“Insightful, moving, and ultimately defiant”
“Immensely talented actors”
Music & Lyrics by
Additional material by
Original Broadway Production Directed by
Original Broadway Production Produced by
Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell
Direction and Musical Staging by
Music Direction by
Scenic Design by
Costume Design by
Helen Q. Huang
Lighting Design by
Sound Design by
Mark H Rooney
Resident Intimacy Consultant
New York Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Associate Costume Designer
Associate Music Director
Jason Ma plays the Reciter in Pacific Overtures, a present-day Asian American man who serves as the bridge between today and 1850s Japan. Learn about his Broadway career, his work as a composer/lyricist and his new musical Gold Mountain about the Chinese men who build the world’s first transcontinental railroad.
Click the link below to read about the historical context of Pacific Overtures, artist depictions of the events of the time, and more.
Head to Ali’s Bar in the Mead Lobby on the 2nd floor before the show to enjoy a Pacific Overtures inspired menu:
Featuring Japanese Suntory whisky with club soda and a splash of fresh lime, this refreshing, light cocktail is one of the most popular in Japan.
Grilled chicken breast skewers in a sweet and salty sauce served with a side salad with our Asian vinaigrette.
For the full menu, click here