Ann Harada and More Join George Takei in Pacific Overtures
Classic Stage Company has announced complete casting for its upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures, directed and designed by Tony Award winner John Doyle. The production is set to begin performances April 6 in advance of a May 4 opening and will run through May 27.
As previously announced, George Takei (Allegiance) will lead the cast as Reciter. Joining him will be Karl Josef Co, Marc delaCruz (If/Then), Steven Eng (Waterfall), Megan Masako Haley (Wicked), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Kimberly Immanuel (Waterfall), Austin Ku (Younger), Kelvin Moon Loh (The King and I), Orville Mendoza (Peter and the Starcatcher), Marc Oka (The King and I), and Thom Sesma (Man of La Mancha).
The creative team will feature 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.
In Pacific Overtures, Commodore Matthew Perry sails to Japan in 1853 on a U.S mission to open up trade relations at any cost. The musical tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East. The show first premiered on Broadway in 1976 under the direction of Hal Prince.