Music SamplesManzanar CD cover

Click any of the sample songs below to hear portions from the musical Manzanar!

 Song Title

MP3 sample

 Kaeru/Gardens of Stone
 Mr. Hitler (You Need to be Spanked)


 When Dreaming


 Unraveling (Part 1)



 Our Secret Place


 Baseball Saved My Life


 Saturday Night at the Movies

 A Chance for Love

 God Took a Photograph
 Welcome Home (My Soldier Boy)
 God and Country


The packed audience at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo responded with enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation as the cast of the new musical, Manzanar: the Story of an American Family, took their bows on the stage of the former church on Feb. 23.

"It was a deeply moving experience," commented actor George Takei the original Star Trek's Mr. Sulu and one of the founders of the East West Players that staged several readings of the new production. "The composers [Rus McCoy and Dan Taguchi] really know how to write music!”

Lin, Sam Chu
Asian Week
March 14, 2002



“You’ve taken a challenging subject and have fashioned it into a compelling and original show. Throughout, the dialogue, book writing and structure are very good. I like the fact it took a while for Pearl Harbor to happen. When you got to it, because you spend time with this happy family, it landed for me in a way I didn’t anticipate. It was a gutsy choice that paid off for you. The music is very interesting and successful throughout. The blend of the pentatonic scale with American chords, its kind of Japanese but it’s kind of American. It was very successful!”

Stephen Schwartz 

(Wicked, Godspell, Pippin)DreamWorks/ASCAP Workshop in Los Angeles 

February 10, 2012