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Pacific Overtures revival is bare yet flowering

The sometimes-glorious, sometimes-lacklustre production takes the less-is-more proposition close to a point of no return

George Takei (centre) in the pared-down revival of the musical, Pacific Overtures.

Steven Eng (centre) plays a minor samurai who is promoted to prefect of police in order to head off the arrival of Commodore Perry and his gunboats.

New York

STEPHEN Sondheim says that a major inspiration for Pacific Overtures, the 1976 musical now being revived at Classic Stage Company, was a three-panel Japanese screen he saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nearly two-thirds of it was blank. How could so much beauty explode from...

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