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.”
Currently, this show can only be purchased as part of a subscription package.
Single tickets will go on sale later this summer.
Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
This show is recommended for teens and adults and will use theatrical haze. Click here to read all content warnings.
Music & Lyrics by
Additional material by
Original Broadway Production Directed by
Original Broadway Production Produced by
Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell