Manzanar the Musical
The story of an American family
There are some stories that need to be told, a piece of history
that is rarely spoken of or taught.
The tale of Manzanar is one of those
From the article:
Dust and Tears of Manzanar
Several years in the making, "Manzanar" is loosely based on the childhood experiences
of [Dan] Taguchi's mother and other family members. Its emotional course is charted through big-band, swing and
classically orchestral songs that reflect adult anguish, teenage confusion and the bewilderment of
Tim Dang, East West Players' producing
artistic director, gave the pair a call after hearing a demo tape of the work. "I told Dan [Taguchi] and Rus
[McCoy], 'You've written a huge play,' " Dang said. " 'How is it that we can help you develop this?'
a very important event in the lives of Japanese Americans," Dang said, "something which affected not only people
who were interned, but generations after."
Heffley, Los Angeles Times - March 29, 2003