Is Man of La Mancha Heading Back to Broadway?

News   Is Man of La Mancha Heading Back to Broadway? Martha Nelly Wasserman, who holds the rights to Man of La Mancha, hopes to bring that Tony-winning musical back to Broadway, according to The Washington Post.

Wasserman, who is the widow of La Mancha librettist Dale Wasserman, told the company of the recent Shakespeare Theatre Company production of the musical that she is "looking for stars" to head the cast of a Broadway revival.

Wasserman also explained, "There is no other show like it, and I don’t say that because my husband wrote it…Man of La Mancha is the only musical that is about the audience…Every single night, the audience has just stood up because they recognize something in this piece, something magical."

Australian leading man Anthony Warlow, who made his Broadway debut in the recent revival of Annie, portrayed Don Quixote in the recent DC staging of Man of La Mancha.

Man of La Mancha, which was penned by Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman, "takes place during the height of the Spanish Inquisition," according to earlier production notes. "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 opened on Broadway Nov. 22, 1965, and ran 2,328 performances, winning five 1966 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It has been revived four times, in 1972, 1977, 1992 and, most recently, in 2003 with Brian Stokes Mitchell in the triple leading role of Quixote/Quijana/Cervantes.