The story of Commodore Matthew C. Perry's arrival in the "Floating Kingdom" of Nippon in 1853. The show chronicles the influence America had upon Japan, detailing and dramatizing the westernization of Japanese culture.
Trivia & History
In his book, Finishing the Hat, Stephen Sondheim writes that the cut song "We Float" was "the song we opened with in Boston, the first of our two tryout towns." This seems to be incorrect. An earlier, longer and more complicated version of "The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea" (titled "The Advantages of Being Set in the Middle of the Sea") was performed in early Boston performances. At some point during the tryout, "We Float" replaced it, and then that was replaced by the final version of "The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea."