Arizona Theatre Company reimagines beloved “Man of La Mancha” at Temple of Music & Art

By SoAzNewsX

Arizona Theatre Company (David Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) brings a thrilling reimagined Man of La Mancha to stages in Phoenix and Tucson, taking inspiration from the spontaneous, raw theatricality of flamenco performance and focusing on the passion and virtuosity of the intertwined stories of Don Quixote and his imprisoned creator, Miguel de Cervantes.

Man of La Mancha runs from Dec. 2-31 at the Temple of Music & Art in Tucson and from Jan. 5-28 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. The Tucson Production Sponsors are Jim and Dolly Moran. Joanie Flatt and Michael Flatt are the Phoenix Production Sponsors. I. Michael and Beth Kasser are ATC’s Season Sponsor.

“The powerful story and deeply engaging music and songs explode in a new and even more passionate staging that captures the vibrant culture of Spain,” said ATC Artistic Director David Ivers. “Adding another dimension to the gripping passion of the entertainment is the fact that the experience will be great fun.”

Man of La Mancha is written by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh, directed for ATC by David Bennett and choreographed by Kathryn Van Meter, who also choreographed ATC’s award-winning production of Fiddler on the Roof.

The 1964 musical is a play-within-a-play telling the story of “mad” knight Don Quixote as performed by Cervantes and fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.

The original production won five Tony Awards during a run of 2,328 performances and is considered among the most enduring works of musical theater.  Its iconic signature song, “The Impossible Dream,” has been recorded by artists from Glen Campbell, Andy Williams and Cher to Luther Vandross and Susan Boyle.  It received a Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

The ATC production features Broadway, film and television actor Philip Hernandez as Don Quixote and Miguel de Cervantes.  He is the only man in Broadway history to play both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Misérables. His TV credits include Bull, Blue Bloods, Nurse Jackie and Law and Order, among many others.

He is joined by Carlos Lopez (Sancho), whose credits include Man of La Mancha on Broadway, and Lauren Villegas (Aldonza), whose credits include the Off-Broadway production of Forbidden Broadway. Fellow cast members include Patrick Connahgan (Quito/Padre), Samuel Flores (Pace, a Percussionist), Juaquin Gallegos (Tenorio, a Guitarist), John Patrick Lowrie (Governor/Inkeeper), Ana Marcu (Antonia), Kara Mikula (Maria/Housekeeper), Amelia Moore (Fermina, a Dancer), Max Anton Protzen (Guard), Marissa Salazar (Prisoner), Michael Sharon (The Duke/Dr. Carrasco), Alexander Sovronsky (Juan/Barber), Louis Tucci (Pedro) and Jose Luis “El Niño” Uz (Jose, a Dancer). Gossard, Protzen and Salazar are students at the University of Arizona.

Single ticket prices range from $25 to $73 in Tucson and $25 to $80 in Phoenix and can be purchased at the box offices at the Temple of Music & Art and the Herberger Theatre Center or online at www.arizonatheatre.org.

Man of La Mancha  will be followed by; Outside Mullingar (directed by ATC Artistic Director David Ivers), from the author of Doubt and Moonstruck, in Tucson, Jan. 20-Feb. 10 and Phoenix from Feb. 15-March 4Low Down Dirty Blues (directed by Randal Myler), in Tucson March 10-31 and in Phoenix, April 5-22; and The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by ATC Artistic Director Emeritus David Ira Goldstein, in Tucson April 21-May 12 and in Phoenix, May 17-June 3.

 

 

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