Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman mix elements of Kabuki theatre with the convention of the Broadway musical in "Pacific Overtures", a highly original, inventive, powerful, educational and surprisingly humourous theatrical experience. Commodore Matthew Perry's 1853 mission to open trade relations with isolationist Japan through gunboat diplomacy forges and the unlikely friendship between the samurai Kayama and the Americanized fisherman Manjiro. Kayama and Mangiro - and all of Japanese society - must face the wave of Westernization that follows.
A Fighting Chance Productions presentation at PAL Studio Theatre. Tickets and information here.