Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz went to see yesterday's matinee of Musical Theatre West's production MAN OF LA MANCHA. At the evening performance, Martha Wasserman (widow of Dale Wasserman) showed up with French actor David Serero, who is doing the role of Cervantes in the French production. See the photos below!
MAN OF LA MANCHA, opened on February 10 at Musical Theatre West and is running for fourteen performances through February 26, 2012.
Davis Gaines plays the role of Don Quixote (Cervantes). Mr. Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA more than 2,000 times for more than five million people during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles and in San Francisco, where he received the Bay Area Critics' Award for Best Actor. Mr. Gaines returns to MTW after his role as Richard Henry Lee in MTW's 2010 production of 1776. Lesli Margherita will play Aldonza. Margherita is thewinner of London's Olivier Award for her performance in the West End production of ZORRO. In addition to the Oliver, Ms. Margherita just won an Ovation Award for her turn as Lilli Vanessi/Kate in KISS ME, KATE at Reprise! She was last seen on the Musical Theatre West stage in ANYTHING GOES.
The Musical Theatre West cast of MAN OF LA MANCHA features: Justin Robertson (MTW:THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JOSEPH...,THE MUSIC MAN and THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL) as Manservant/Sancho Panza; RICHARD GOULD (MTW: SWEENEY TODD, 1776;Regional: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MY FAIR LADY) as The Governor/Innkeeper;Damon Kirsche (MTW: ANNIE, 1776; Regional: A PASSING WIND, OKLAHOMA, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC) as The Duke/Dr. Carrasco; Jason Webb (MTW: 1776; Regional: SHE LOVES ME, SEUSSICAL, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) as The Padre; Steven Glaudini (MTW: 1776; Regional: 1776 (Ovation Award), HOW TO SUCCEDD IN BUSINESS WITHOUT EVEN TRYING, DAMN YANKEES. Rounding out the stellar cast: KARENSSA LEGEAR as Antonia; DYNELL LEIGH as The Housekeeper; Sam Zeller as Pedro, Head Muleteer; JEBBEL ARCE as Fermina and Venny Carranza,JAY DONNELL, MICHAEL GUARNERA, Isaac James, PATRICK Robert Kelly, AJ MENDOZA and RAMON OWENS as the Muleteers.
MAN OF LA MANCHA will be under the helm of Ovation Award-winning director Nick DeGruccio (MTW's 1776, RENT and THE ANDREWS BROTHERS). Musical Director is Matthew Smedal (MTW's 1776; Regional: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, HELLO AGAIN) and choreographer is Carlos Mendoza (Regional: I LOVE A PIANO, THE PAJAMA GAME, MISS SAIGON, CATS). MAN OF LA MANCHA will run February 10-26, 2012 at the beautiful Carpenter Performing Arts Center.
MAN OF LA MANCHA, one of the all-time great musicals by Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman, opened on Broadway in 1965. This Tony Award Winner for Best Musical features one of Broadway's great standards, "The Impossible Dream," and takes place during the height of the Spanish Inquisition. While awaiting a hearing with the Inquisition, Miguel de Cervantes presents a play as his defense in a mock trial for the prisoners. In it, he plays Alonso Quijana, a man who has set his own reality aside and becomes Don Quixote De La Mancha. Assisted by Sancho Panza, Quixote attempts to avoid his mortal enemy, the Enchanter, and woo the serving wench and prostitute, Aldonza, who he takes to be the Lady Dulcinea.
MAN OF LA MANCHA runs at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA - February 10-26, 2012.
The performance schedule for MAN OF LA MANCHA is Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (no 2p.m. on February 11), Sundays at 2 p.m., with a 7 p.m. performance added on February 19th. Tickets start at $20. There is a $3 service charge per ticket. Prices are subject to change without notice. Group rates are available for 15 or more. Musical Theatre West performs at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center located at 6200 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.
Tickets for MAN OF LA MANCHA are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.musical.org or by phone at 562-856-1999 x4. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Musical Theatre West Box Office located at 4350 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
MAN OF LA MANCHA is the third show of Musical Theatre West's 2011-2012 Season and is made possible through the generous contributions of the Associate Producers in Honor of Don Garman. Youth performances underwritten by Don and Judy McNulty Black, Friends of Ken Reiner, Arts Council for Long Beach.
Musical Theatre West's 2011-2012 Season Sponsors are the Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation and Ken and Dottie Reiner.
For more information on Musical Theatre West's production of MAN OF LA MANCHA, please visit www.musical.org.
Photo Credit: Lily Lim
BWW Hi-Res Gallery - Original Version