as Tatsuo Kimura
TATSUO KIMURA is the patriarch of the Kimura family and owns a successful farm in Salinas, which he has run for more than 20 years. When the Army forces them out of their home to the wastelands of Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Tatsuo watches as his authority and position are undermined and his family is torn apart by political strife. His principled answers to the “Loyalty Questionnaire” set a fateful series of events in motion that tear his family apart and cost him nearly all he has.
The son of camp survivors, Paul’s Nisei parents eventually settled in Los Angeles, where he attended college and graduated with a degree in music. His theater career began in the national tour of the “King and I” with Yul Brynner. He has since understudied and performed the role of the King on Broadway in the 1996 revival opposite Donna Murphy, and four years later played the King on the West End with Elaine Paige. Most recently he toured Asia in the Broadway Asia production, of the “King and I” recreating the same role. He toured the US in the First National of “Miss Saigon” where he understudied and played the role of the Engineer. His movie credits include “The Great Race” and “The Next Race” and has been seen on TV in “ER”, “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Knot’s Landing.”
He has lent his voice to the animated features “Ironman” ,“Dr. Strange” and “Alpha and Omega,” as well as TV cartoons, “Scooby Doo,” and “Batman” and numerous video games. He dedicates his performance to all the internees who suffered in silence because of this great injustice. He hopes with this musical their voices will be heard by a new generation.