Arizona Theatre Company to produce sizzling new look at “Man of La Mancha” during 2017-18 season

By SoAzNewsX

Following the record-breaking response to its 2017 production of Fiddler on the Roof, Arizona Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that a brand new staging of the brilliant Tony Award-winning favorite, Man of La Mancha, will highlight the 2017-18 season.

Dates of the production will be included in the upcoming season announcement, according to a news releasse.  Subscription renewals begin Feb. 21 for current subscribers with subscriptions and flexible ticket packages open to the general public in early April.

“The first half of our 50th anniversary season has been enormously successful. As a centerpiece of our season, we were thrilled to bring the glorious American musical Fiddler on the Roof to our audiences and we were deeply gratified by the response,” said Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein.  “We are eager to build on that success with another classic musical in a fresh, new production.  We are already deep into preparations for next season and decided not to wait any longer to announce our major musical for 2017-18.  Our goal is to bring a Man of La Mancha that fully realizes the triumphant story and the score of beloved songs, while pulsating with the vibrant culture of Spain, and drawing inspiration from the spontaneous and raw theatricality of flamenco performance.”

Man of La Mancha, from the book by Dale Wasserman with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh, focuses on the passion and virtuosity of the performers and musicians as they tell the intertwined stories of Don Quixote and his imprisoned creator, Miguel de Cervantes. This thrilling new staging will amplify the lasting power and potent emotions of this iconic musical by taking inspiration from the improvised and raw theatricality of flamenco performance.

The story is of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.  The original Broadway production in 1964 won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its run of 2,328 performances.  The main song, The Impossible Dream, has become iconic.

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