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Friday, 10th June 2011
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Yokohama to host first Japanese-directed Broadway musical

A cultural first will take place at Yokohama's Kanagawa Arts Theatre next week (June 17th), as a Japanese director will be reviving a Broadway musical.

Amon Miyamoto will be staging Pacific Overtures, a show that was first put on in Tokyo 11 years ago and has since been highly successful in New York, picking up four Tony Award nominations along the way.

The story centres on a samurai named Kayama who negotiates with American officials arriving in Japan for the first time at the end of the 19th century.

A full Japanese cast will be performing the show, including former television actor Taro Yamamoto, who claims he was forced to quit his latest TV role due to his fierce anti-nuclear stance in reaction to the March 11th earthquake.

Pacific Overtures opens on June 17th and runs until July 3rd, and tickets are available now with prices starting at 4,500 yen (£34) each.

Written by Kimberley Homer

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