Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. The lives of both men are radically changed by the coming of American ships to Japan.
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This is the original Broadway production, which was videotaped for Japanese public television, and broadcast with subtitles. See more
, British Admiral
, Dutch Admiral
, Russian Admiral
, French Admiral
Ah detente! A detente! That's what everybody wants/ You should want/ a detente/ makes a nation like a brother/ We'll be here/ every year/ to protect you from each other, and to see you aren't signing foreign treaties and detentes! Please hello, we must go, but our intercourse will grow/ through detentes/ as detente/ brings complete cooperation/ By the way, me we say, we adore your little nation, and with heavy cannon wish you an unending Please Hello!
Referenced in Anatomy of a Song
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Mark Syers
, Patrick Kinser-Lau
and Timm Fujii See more