Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents Pacific Overtures by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman

in CFA, Theatre
December 6th, 2013

This exploration of Japan’s Westernization comes to the Calderwood Pavilion, December 13-19

Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre is pleased to present Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures, running December 13 through December 19, 2013 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, Wimberly Theatre.

Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures
Dates and Times: Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14, 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. (ASL Interpreted & Talk-Back) Wednesday, December 18 & Thursday, December 19, 7:30 p.m.
Program: Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Additional Material by Hugh Wheeler
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Directed by Jim Petosa
Music Direction by Matthew Stern
Choreography by McCaela Donovan and Stephen Ursprung
Venue: Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, Wimberly Theatre
Tickets: $12 general public; $6 CFA Membership; FREE with Boston University ID at the door, subject to availability.
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Opening Friday, December 13, Boston University School of Theatre stages the Sondheim classic that follows Japan’s Westernization. From the authors of Assassins, the production is told through the story of two friends caught in the inevitable winds of change as Sondheim blends elements of Kabuki theatre with the con¬ventions of the Broadway musical.

Directed by Jim Petosa, the run includes ASL Interpretation and Talk-Back provided at the December 17 performance. Pacific Overtures is a featured event of the Boston University College of Fine Arts Keyword Initiative, now in its third year. The 2013–2014 initiative, focusing on the KEYWORD: Transformation, explores profound shift and change in individuals and society through a series of performances and events that tap into diverse perspectives, and create dialogue that inspires humanity and breeds critical thinking that leads to solutions.

“Following its productions of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and Assassins, the BU School of Theatre has taken on another seldom seen Sondheim musical, Pacific Overtures,” says Jim Petosa, Director of the Boston University School of Theatre. “This remarkable and theatrical rendering of the opening of Japan to the West in the 19th century is provocative and challenging while possessing all the wit and poignancy that we have come to expect from Sondheim and his collaborators.”

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994), and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965), and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side By Side By Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting it Together (1993/99), and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990) and the television production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honor.
John Weidman wrote the new book for the 2011 revival of Anything Goes. He wrote the book for Pacific Overtures (Tony nominations, Best Book and Best Musical), score by Stephen Sondheim, produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince. He co-authored, with Timothy Crouse, the new book for Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production). He wrote the book for Assassins, score by Stephen Sondheim, directed Off-Broadway by Jerry Zaks and in London’s West End (Drama Critics Award for Best Musical) by Sam Mendes. Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, direcred and choreographed by Susan Stroman; and Take Flight. He wrote the book for Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), score by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, directed on Broadway by Mike Ockrent, and co-created with choreographer/director Susan Stroman the musical Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical). Bounce/Road Show, score by Stephen Sondheim, direction by Harold Prince, premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He is currently completing a screen adaptation of Contact for Miramax. Since 1986, he has written for Sesame Street, receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. From 1999 to 2009 he served as president of the Dramatists Guild of America.

PACIFIC OVERTURES is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
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