George Takei made his Broadway debut in Allegiance, and now Star Trek's beloved Mr. Sulu is back on stage again, co-starring in the Classic Stage Company's production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures. Directed and designed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, the musical opened yesterday at CSC (136 East 13th Street) and will run through Sunday, June 18. Joining Takei, who plays The Reciter, are Karl Josef Co, Marc delaCruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka and Thom Sesma.
The ground-breaking Pacific Overtures follows Commodore Matthew Perry as he sails to Japan in 1853 on a U.S mission to open up trade relations... at any cost. The musical tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East. The Reciter, who narrates the proceedings, was portrayed in previous Broadway productions by Mako and B.D. Wong.