Pacific Overtures

Original Broadway Production (1976)

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Musical Numbers


Act One

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  • 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

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  • 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

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Additional Musical Numbers Lists

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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