Pacific Overtures

Original Broadway Production (1976)

Musical Numbers

Original Musical Numbers List

Act One

  • The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea .... Reciter and Company
  • There Is No Other Way .... Tamate, Observers
  • Four Black Dragons .... Fisherman, Thief, Reciter, Townspeople
  • Chrysanthemum Tea .... Shogun (Reciter), Shogun's Mother, Shogun's Wife, Soothsayer, Priests, Shogun's Companion, Physician. Sumo Wrestlers
  • Poems .... Kayama, Manjiro
  • Welcome to Kanagawa .... Madam and Girls
  • Someone in a Tree .... Old Man, Reciter, Boy, Warrior
  • Lion Dance .... Commodore Perry

Act Two

  • Please Hello .... Abe, Reciter, American, British, Dutch, Russian and French Admirals
  • A Bowler Hat .... Kayama, Manjiro
  • Pretty Lady .... Three British Sailors
  • Next .... Reciter and Company

Additional Musical Numbers Lists

These song lists document any changes that the production went through aside from the opening night song list.

Washington, D. C. Song List

Act One

  • The Advantages of Being Set in the Middle of the Sea .... Reciter and Company
  • There Is No Other Way .... Tamate, Observers
  • Four Black Dragons .... Fisherman, Thief, Reciter, Townspeople
  • Chrysanthemum Tea .... Shogun (Reciter), Shogun's Mother, Physicians, Priests, Shogun's Wife, Abe, Attendant
  • Poems .... Kayama, Manjiro
  • Welcome to Kanagawa .... Madam and Girls
  • Someone in a Tree .... Old Man, Reciter, Boy, Warrior
  • Lion Dance .... Haruki Fujimoto

Act Two

  • Please Hello .... Abe, Reciter, American, British, Dutch, Russian and French Admirals
  • A Bowler Hat .... Kayama
  • Pretty Lady .... Three British Sailors
  • Next .... Reciter and Company

Boston Song List (11/8/1975)

Act One

  • Prayers .... Tamate, Kayama, Abe, Councillors
  • The Advantages of Being Set in the Middle of the Sea .... Reciter and Company
  • There Is No Other Way .... Tamate, Observers
  • Four Black Dragons .... Fisherman, Thief, Reciter, Townspeople
  • Chrysanthemum Tea (pre-Broadway version) .... Shogun (Reciter), Shogun's Mother, Physicians, Priests, Shogun's Wife, Abe, Attendant
  • Poems .... Kayama, Manjiro
  • Welcome to Kanagawa .... Madam and Girls
  • Someone in a Tree .... Old Man, Reciter, Boy, Warrior
  • Lion Dance .... Haruki Fujimoto

Act Two

  • Please Hello .... Abe, Reciter, American, British, Dutch, Russian and French Admirals
  • A Bowler Hat .... Kayama
  • Pretty Lady .... Three British Sailors
  • Next .... Reciter and Company

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