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Pacific Overtures (1976)

Donmar Warehouse
Londres - Angleterre

30/06/2003 > 06/09/2003

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Donmar Warehouse - Londres - Angleterre

Dates

Première Preview: vendredi 20 juin 2003
Première: lundi 30 juin 2003
Dernière: samedi 06 septembre 2003

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Artistes

Mise en scène:
Gary Griffin
Chorégraphie:
Avec:
Joseph Anthony Foronda (Reciter / Shogun / Emperor), Kevin Gudhal (Kcryama), Togo Igawa, Teddy Kempner, Ian McLarnon, Jerome Pradon, Richard Henders, Mo Zainal, Rocjard Manera, Cornell John

Presse

CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "..facetious bore....lacks pace and pep."

PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "It's a musical of ideas more than of character and, at times, the proceedings can feel a little desiccated."

BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "It still left me unmoved and exasperated."

MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "this is still a great musical that satirises America's historical determination to impose its values on other civilisations." He goes on to say, "This musical ripples with felt emotion."

Commentaire

With a cast of just ten performers and four musicians in a mixed American and English company, this show had originated at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Once again it split the critics (and the audiences) into two opposing camps:
(1) This sparse, cut-down production gave the work a clarity, strength and intellectual brilliance that had been missing from the “overblown” English National Opera premiere in 1987, and marked it as one of Sondheim’s most fascinating and rewarding works of art.
(2) This production clearly reveals the show to be culturally awkward, with condescending Western attitudes offering half-baked imitations of Kabuki which come over as pier-end panto. By a slight majority, the critics hailed this as a major triumph, but there was still a significant number strongly against the show.

 

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Version 1

Shubert Theatre à Boston (Pre-Broadway Try Out)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : sam 08 novembre 1975
Première : sam 08 novembre 1975
Dernière : sam 29 novembre 1975
Mise en scène : Harold Prince
Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch
Avec :
Commentaires :
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Version 2

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts à Washington (Pre-Broadway Try Out)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeu 04 décembre 1975
Première : jeu 04 décembre 1975
Dernière : sam 27 décembre 1975
Mise en scène : Harold Prince
Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch
Avec :
Commentaires :
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Version 3

Winter Garden Theatre à Londres (Original)
Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 13 previews - 193 représentations
Première Preview : mer 31 décembre 1975
Première : dim 11 janvier 1976
Dernière : dim 27 juin 1976
Mise en scène : Harold Prince
Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch
Avec : Reciter - Mako / Abe, First Councillor - Yuki Shimoda / Manjiro - Sab Shimono / Second Councillor - James Dybas / Shogun's Mother - Alvin Ing / Third Councillor - Freddy Mao / Kayama - Isao Sato / Tamate, Samurai, Storyteller, Swordsman - Soon-Teck Oh / Samurai - Ernest Abuba, Mark Hsu Syers / Servant - Haruki Fujimoto / Observers - Alvin Ing, Ricardo Tobia / Fisherman - Jae Woo Lee / Merchant - Alvin Ing / Son - Timm Fujii / Grandmother - Conrad Yama / Thief - Mark Hsu Syers / Adams - Ernest Abuba / Williams - Larry Hama / Commodore Perry - Haruki Fujimoto / Shogun's Wife - Freda Foh Shen / Physician - Ernest Harada / Priests - Timm Fujii, Gedde Watanabe / Soothsayer - Mark Hsu Syers / Sumo Wrestlers - Conrad Yama, Jae Woo Lee / Shogun's Companion - Patrick Kinser-Lau / Shogun - Mako / Madam - Ernest Harada / Girls - Timm Fujii, Patrick Kinser-Lau, Gedde Watanabe, Leslie Watanabe / Old Man - James Dybas / Boy - Gedde Watanabe / Warrior - Mark Hsu Syers / Imperial Priest - Tom Matsusaka / Nobles - Ernest Abuba, Timm Fujii / American Admiral - Alvin Ing / British Admiral - Ernest Harada/ Dutch Admiral - Patrick Kinser-Lau / Russian Admiral - Mark Hsu Syers / French Admiral - James Dybas / Lords of the South - Larry Hama, Jae Woo Lee / Jonathan Goble - Mako / Japanese Merchant - Conrad Yama / Samurai's Daughter - Freddy Mao / British Sailors - Timm Fujii, Patrick Kinser-Lau, Mark Hsu Syers / Proscenium Servants, Sailors, and Townspeople - Susan Kikuchi, Diane Lam, Kim Miyori, Freda Foh Shen, Kenneth S. Eiland, Timm Fujii, Joey Ginza, Patrick Kinser-Lau, Tony Marinyo, Kevin Maung, Dingo Secretario, Mark Hsu Syers, Ricardo Tobia, Gedde Watanabe, and Leslie Watanabe
Commentaires :
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Version 4

Promenade Theatre à Broadway (Off) (Revival)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre : 109 représentations
Première Preview : jeu 25 octobre 1984
Première : jeu 25 octobre 1984
Dernière : ven 27 janvier 1984
Mise en scène : Fran Soeder
Chorégraphie : Janet Watson
Avec : Ernest Abuba (Reciter), John Bantay (Commodore Perry), John Baray (Old Man / American Admiral), Chuck Brown (Shogun's Mother / British Admiral), John Caleb (John / Manjiro / Fisherman / French Admiral), Ray Contreras (Warrior / British Sailor), Tim Ewing (Thief), Timm Fujii (Tamate / British Sailor), Kevin Gray (Kayama Yesaemon), Gerri Igarashi (Proscenium Servant), Thomas Ikeda (Madam / Russian Admiral), Francis Jue (Boy / Dutch Admiral / British Sailor), Gayln Kong (Proscenium Servant), Diane Lam (Proscenium Servant), Tony Marino (Lord Abe), Tom Matsusaka (Imperial Priest), Christine Toy (Proscenium Servant), Allan Tung (Fencing Master's Daughter), Ronald Yamamoto (Merchant)
Commentaires :
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Version 5

Coliseum Theatre à Londres (Original London)
Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 27 représentations
Première Preview : jeu 10 septembre 1987
Première : jeu 10 septembre 1987
Dernière : jeu 26 novembre 1987
Mise en scène : Keith Warner
Chorégraphie : David Toguri
Avec : Richard Angas (Reciter), Malcolm Rivers (Kayama), Christopher Booth-Jones (Manjiro), John Kitchiner (Lord Abe), Graham Fletcher (Commodore Perry), Michael Sadler (Tamate), Simon Masterton-Smith (The Shogun’s Mother), Terry Jenkins (Madam)
Commentaires : This revolutionary work had a musical score which started with the haunting and mournful sounds of shamisen, shakuhachi and Japanese tonal ranges and gradually, as the country became more Westernised, so did the music - until the final scene is one of frantic heavy rock. It was a history of Japan written from the viewpoint of the Japanese and performed in the style of Kabuki Theatre, with “invisible” stage hands, all the women’s roles played by men, and a “reciter” who comments on the action, reciting the occasional haiku. The critics split exactly in half: it was the most astonishing, original, exciting, profound and brilliant musical; it was a pretty but incomprehensible bore.
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Version 6

Bridewell Theatre à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : lun 25 avril 1994
Première : lun 25 avril 1994
Dernière : sam 21 mai 1994
Mise en scène : Carol Metcalfe
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Roland Beame, Francis Crampsie, Lyanna Iveson, Thomas Monk, Rosalind Moore, Clive Paget, Tim Sawers, Victoria Simmonds, Marton York.
Commentaires : This was the second production by the resident company at the newly opened Bridewell Theatre—a converted Victoria swimming bath and laundry, just off Fleet Street. There were acoustic and spatial problems with the new venue, and the peculiar effect of the orchestra being hidden in what used to be the swimming pool and the conductor occasionally popping his head above stage for the benefit of the singers. The production chose to use a mixed cast (the original had used an all-male cast in the Japanese Kabuki traditions). It was felt
that what had been big and unwieldy on the Coliseum stage at its premiere now gained a great deal from its more intimate setting and performance space, but generally the performance and production was felt to be a bit lacklustre and unexciting.
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Version 7

Donmar Warehouse à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : ven 20 juin 2003
Première : lun 30 juin 2003
Dernière : sam 06 septembre 2003
Mise en scène : Gary Griffin
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Joseph Anthony Foronda (Reciter / Shogun / Emperor), Kevin Gudhal (Kcryama), Togo Igawa, Teddy Kempner, Ian McLarnon, Jerome Pradon, Richard Henders, Mo Zainal, Rocjard Manera, Cornell John
Commentaires : With a cast of just ten performers and four musicians in a mixed American and English company, this show had originated at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Once again it split the critics (and the audiences) into two opposing camps:
(1) This sparse, cut-down production gave the work a clarity, strength and intellectual brilliance that had been missing from the “overblown” English National Opera premiere in 1987, and marked it as one of Sondheim’s most fascinating and rewarding works of art.
(2) This production clearly reveals the show to be culturally awkward, with condescending Western attitudes offering half-baked imitations of Kabuki which come over as pier-end panto. By a slight majority, the critics hailed this as a major triumph, but there was still a significant number strongly against the show.
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Version 8

Union Theatre à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mer 02 juillet 2014
Première : ven 04 juillet 2014
Dernière : sam 02 août 2014
Mise en scène : Michael Strassen
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Ken Christiansen (Reciter), Oli Reynolds (Kayama), Emanuel Alba (Manjiro/Dutch Admiral), Alex Mcmorran (Lord Abe), Marc Lee Joseph (Shogun's Mother/French Admiral), Ian Mowat (Madam/Old Man/British Admiral), Joel Harper-Jackson (Geisha/American Admiral/Sailor), Lee Van-Geleen (Thief/Russian Admiral/Sailor), Matt Jolly (Fisherman/Geisha/Young Boy), Anthony Selywn (Tamate), Marios Nicolaides (Commodore Perry), Joel Baylis (Priest/Geisha/Sailor), and Josh Andrews (Priest/Geisha).
Commentaires : Additional material by Hugh Wheeler and Original Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Musical Direction by Richard Bates.
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