Pacific Overtures Tony Award Commands Large Sum at Auction

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The groundbreaking 1976 Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical examines Japan’s forced opening to the West 200 years of isolation from the Western world.
A scene from the original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures.
A scene from the original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures. Martha Swope / The New York Public Library

Costume designer Florence Klotz’s 1976 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for Pacific Overtures was auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on December 15.

The Tony was auctioned for $18,750.

This is the second of Klotz's six Tony Awards to be auctioned; her Tony for Grind was available on eBay in 2009. Because both awards were given prior to the establishment of the Tony Award Medallion Receipt Agreement, the auctions do not violate the Tonys rule that requires "recipients first offer their statuettes back to The Tony Awards at a minimal price before they're offered for public sale."

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical, which opened January 11, 1976, was directed by Harold Prince. The ambitious musical examines Japan's forced opening to the West in 1853 after 200 years of isolation from the Western world. The staging incorporated techniques used in the traditional Noh and Kabuki theatrical styles.

The musical won two Tony Awards: Best Costume Design and Best Scenic Design.

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