Pan Asian Repertory Theatre presents the East Coast premiere of Imelda, A New Musical, featuring a book by Sachi Oyama, music by Nathan Wang and lyrics by Aaron Coleman. Tim Dang directs. Imelda is a portrait of the ambitious and controversial woman often referred to as "The Steel Butterfly." The musical spans the 1940s to 1980s, the pivotal years after The Philippines gained its independence. Imelda Marcos wanted to set her country as an equal player on the world stage and gain the respect of the world.