MusicalOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Nov 20, 1990
Closing Date
Jan 20, 1991
1st Preview
Nov 01, 1990
1st Preview
Nov 01, 1990
Previews
18
Performances
72
MusicalOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Marquis Theatre
(Nov 20, 1990 - Jan 20, 1991)

Setting
April - July 1600. The ship Erasmus and various locations in and around Japan.

Book by John Driver; Lyrics by John Driver; Music by Paul Chihara; Music orchestrated by David Cullen; Additional orchestrations by Steven Margoshes; Musical Director: Edward G. Robinson
Directed by Michael Smuin; Choreographed by Kirk Peterson and Michael Smuin; Choreographed by Kirk Peterson and Michael Smuin; Assistant Director: J. Steven White
Scenic Design by Loren Sherman; Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt; Lighting Design by Natasha Katz; Hair and Wig Design by Patrik D. Moreton; Sound Design by Tony Meola; Japanese Costume Design Consultant: Atsuko Degawa; Special Make-Up Designed by Michael Laudati
General Manager: Joseph Harris; Company Manager: Robb Lady
Production Supervisor: Jeremiah J. Harris; Production Stage Manager: S. Randolph Post; Stage Manager: Deborah Clelland, Donna A. Drake and Michael Pule; Technical Supervisor: Harris Production Services
Associate Conductor: Janet Aycock; Synthesizer Programmer: Andrew Barrett
Special Effects by Peter Kunz, Inc.; Digital Sound Effects by Daniel Tramon; Assistant to the Costume Designer: David C. Paulin
Fight direction by Masahiro Kunii; Casting: Hughes / Moss Casting; Press Representative: Shirley Herz Associates; Advertising: LeDonne & Wilner; Dance Captain: JoAnn M. Hunter and Jason Ma; Fight Captain: Eric Chan; Assistant Fight Captain: Kenji Nakao; Production Coordinator: Fred Gallo, Jr.
A Captured Samurai
 
Ishido's Head Samurai
 
Ninja Attacker
 
Dancer
Lady Mariko
educated by the Jesuits, married to Lord Buntaro
Red guard of Osaka Castle
 
Dancer
John Blackthorne
an English sea captain of the Erasmus
Omi
a Samurai in love with Kiku
 
Dancer
Dancer
Lord Buntaro
Daimyo of Anjiro Province, married to Lady Mariko
Father Alvito
a Portugese priest
Slattern of the Hovel
 
Dancer
Kiku
courtesan of the first class
 
Dancer
Slattern of the Hovel
 
Dancer
Fujiko
widow of Osagi, consort to Blackthorne
 
Taiko Drummer
Third Samurai Guard
 
Ninja Attacker
 
Dancer
Catholic Daimyo
 
Ninja Attacker
 
Dancer
First Samurai Guard
 
The Courtier of Osaka
 
Ninja Attacker
 
Dancer
Sonk
crew of the Erasmus
 
Ninja Attacker
Pieterzoon
crew of the Erasmus
 
Captain General Ferriera
Portugese Captain of the Black Ship
 
Taiko Drummer
 
Dancer
Osagi
son of Lord Toranaga
 
Ishido's General
Challenger to Omi at river crossing
 
An Acolyte
 
Ninja Attacker
 
Taiko Drummer
 
Dancer
Chimmoko
maid to Lady Mariko
 
Dancer
Lord Ishido
the most powerful Daimyo in Japan
Ninja Attacker
 
Dancer
Catholic Daimyo
 
Osaka Guard
 
Dancer
Roper
crew of the Erasmus
 
Ninja Attacker
 
Dancer
Second Samurai Guard
 
Catholic Daimyo
 
Red guard of Osaka Castle
 
Taiko Drummer
 
Dancer
A Ninja
 
Osaka Guard
 
Ninja Attacker
 
Dancer
Lord Toranaga
Overlord of Central Province, 2nd most powerful Daimyo in Japan
Gyoko
Madam of the Tea House, owner of Kiku's contract
Slattern of the Hovel
 
Dancer
Dancer
Sazuko
Toranaga's youngest consort
 
Dancer

Marquis Theatre (Nov 20, 1990 - Jan 20, 1991)

Assistant Lighting Design: Ted Mather; Assistant Sound Design: Mark Menard
Assistant Gen. Mgr: Kathleen Griffin
Understudies: Eric Chan (Lord Buntaro), Betsy Chang (Chimmoko), Joseph Foronda (Lord Toranaga), Lyd-Lyd Gaston (Lady Mariko), Deborah Geneviere (Gyoko, Fujiko, Sazuko), John Herrera (John Blackthorne), Tina Horii (Sazuko), Lesli Iishii (Gyoko), Darren Lee (Osagi), Lee Lobenhofer (Father Alvito), Jason Ma (Omi), Kiki Moritsugu (Fujiko, Kiku), Ron Navarre (Captain General Ferriera), Marc Oka (Lord Ishido, Lord Buntaro, Omi), Herman Sebek (Captain General Ferriera) and Kathy Wilhelm (Kiku)
music by Paul Chihara; lyrics by John Driver
Act 1
Sung By
Karma
Orchestra
Night of Screams
Sailor, John Blackthorne and Ensemble
This is Samurai
Samurai
How Nice to See You
Lord Toranaga, Lord Buntaro, Father Alvito and Lady Mariko
Impossible Eyes
Lady Mariko and John Blackthorne
He Let Me Live
Lady Mariko
Honto
John Blackthorne
Assassination
Father Alvito and Captain General Ferriera
Shogun
Hostages
Royal Blood
Lord Ishido and Lord Toranaga
An Island
Lord Toranaga
No Word for Love
Lady Mariko
Mad Rum Below/Escape
John Blackthorne and Ensemble
Karma
Lord Toranaga and Ensemble
Born to Be Together
Lady Mariko and John Blackthorne
Act 2
Sung By
Fireflies
Ensemble, Lady Mariko and John Blackthorne
Sail Home
John Blackthorne
Rum Below
John Blackthorne, Lord Toranaga and Ensemble
Pillowing
Gyoko, Kiku and Ladies
Born to Be Together (Reprise)
Lady Mariko and John Blackthorne
No Man
John Blackthorne
Cha-No -Yu
Lady Mariko and Lord Buntaro
Absolution
Father Alvito, An Acolyte, Ensemble and Lady Mariko
Poetry Competition
Lord Ishido, Sazuko and Lady Mariko
Death Walk
Ensemble and John Blackthorne
One Candle
Lady Mariko and John Blackthorne
Ninja Raid
Orchestra
One Candle (Reprise)
Lady Mariko and John Blackthorne
Winter Battle
Orchestra
Resolutions
Lord Toranaga and Ensemble
Trio
Lord Toranaga, John Blackthorne and Lady Mariko
Finale
Ensemble

Tony Award®

 

Best Actress in a Musical

1991 Nominee
June Angela
 

Best Costume Design

1991 Nominee
Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

1991 Nominee
June Angela

Outstanding Costumes

1991 Winner
Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt

Theatre World

Award

1991 Recipient
Francis Ruivivar
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