“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
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")
"It was a deeply moving experience. The composers [Rus McCoy and Dan Taguchi] really know how to write
music! It was great! What is needed now is the money to make it a plush production.”
Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. Directed episodes of “Friends”, “Ugly Betty”, “The Middle” and more.
Director of the Hollywood Bowl 75th Birthday for Stephen Sondheim):
difficult subject to tackle. I’m very engaged and excited to see what’s coming next! If you had not
hooked me in the first 25 minutes you would have been in trouble. I came away wanting to hear more and
that’s a big thing! The music is intriguing and breaks a lot of rules and I like that enormously. I
look forward to seeing the rest!”
SALTZMAN (Worked with Jim
Henson’s “Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street”, writing scripts and songs for both. Wrote songs for “Mrs.
Santa Claus” starring Angela Landsbury):
“Excellent, excellent work. There was something stylistically that happened when Pearl Harbor hit. And
it wasn’t just the sound, it was the whole way of writing that was ingenious. The way you layered the voices.
I thought, ‘That’s new! No one’s ever done that before. These guys [Rus McCoy and Dan Taguchi] are
P. GLATER (New York Times article on May 27, 2003):
'Manzanar,' a big, splashy musical that [had a] recent dramatic reading (and singing) of the play, with a small
orchestra performing, drew a standing-room-only crowd of 800 to the Japanese American Cultural Center [in Los
Angeles] -- more people than had ever attended a performance at the center."