What Do Critics Think of John Doyle’s Pacific Overtures Revival?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of John Doyle’s Pacific Overtures Revival?
The Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical is currently being revived at Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway.
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma Joan Marcus

The Off-Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures, directed by Tony winner John Doyle, officially opened May 4 at Classic Stage Company. George Takei stars as the Reciter in the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical, which has been extended through June 18.

Rounding out the cast are Karl Josef Co, Marc delaCruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma.

Pacific Overtures, which premiered on Broadway in 1976, follows Commodore Matthew Perry on his journey to Japan in 1853 on a U.S. mission to open up trade relations, while a samurai and fisherman are caught up in the Westernization of the East.

Performances began April 6 at CSC. Read reviews for the small-stage revival below:

amNY (Matt Windman)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

Newsday (Linda Winer)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

Scroll through photos of the production:

The staging features costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical supervision by Rob Berman, and musical direction by Greg Jarrett.

For tickets, visit ClassicStage.org, call (212) 352-3101, or purchase in person at the box office, located at 136 East 13th Street.


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