B.D. Wong stars in Pacific Overtures on Broadway

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 05 November 2004.

B.D. Wong stars in the Roundabout Theatre's Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures , the landmark musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, with additional material by Hugh Wheeler and music direction by Paul Gemignani. Pacific Overtures has a limited engagement through Jan. 30 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street).

B.D. Wong stars in the Roundabout Theatre's Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures , the landmark musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, with additional material by Hugh Wheeler and music direction by Paul Gemignani.

Pacific Overtures will be performed in English by a cast of Asian-American actors under the direction of director/choreographer Amon Miyamoto for a limited run from Nov. 12-Jan. 30, 2005.

Spanning 150 years, Pacific Overtures tells the story of Commodore Matthew Perry's arrival in the Floating Kingdom of Nippon in 1853. The musical chronicles the influence America had upon Japan, detailing and dramatizing the westernization of Japanese culture. The style of the musical is based on the ancient form of Japanese Noh theatre.

The cast includes Eric Bondoc, Evan D'Angeles, Rick Edinger, Joseph Anthony Foronda, Yoko Fumoto, Alvin Y. F. Ing, Fred Isozaki, Francis Jue, Darren Lee, Hoon Lee, Michael K. Lee, Ming Lee, Telly Leung, Paolo Montalban, Alan Muraoka, Mayumi Omagari, Daniel Jay Park, Hazel Anne Raymundo, Sab Shimono, Yuka Takara, Kim Varhola and Scott Watanabe.

The design team for Pacific Overtures includes: Junko Koshino (costumes), Rumi Matsui (sets), Brian MacDevitt (lights), Dan Moses Schreier (sound) and Jonathan Tunick (orchestration).

Wong, who will play the role of Reciter, recently starred in the HBO series OZ , and can be seen as forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The San Francisco-born and bred actor made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly which earned him the Outer Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and the Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award. He has also appeared on stage in Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Shanghai Moon as well as on screen in Jurassic Park , The Salton Sea , Seven Years in Tibet , Father of the Bride (Parts I and II) and as the voice of the heroic Shang in Disneys animated hit, Mulan . He recently completed filming Stay with director Marc Forster.

Pacific Overtures opened at the Winter Garden on January 11, 1976 under the direction of Harold Prince. The Tony Award-winning production ran for 193 performances.

During the theatrical run of Pacific Overtures , the lobby of Studio 54 will feature an installation of rarely seen imagery created at the time of the Perry, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys Visualizing Cultures Project co-developed by Pulitzer-prize winner John Dower and Professor Shigeru Miyagawa. http://blackshipsandsamurai.mit.edu.

Tickets are $36.25 to $91.25 and can be purchased in person at the Studio 54 Box Office, 254 West 54th Street; by calling the Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or click here to purchase tickets online.