Man of La Mancha Expected to Close Aug. 31

News   Man of La Mancha Expected to Close Aug. 31 The cast of Broadway's Man of La Mancha was told July 18 that the popular revival would close Aug. 31 after 10 months.
Brian Stokes Mitchell in Man of La Mancha.
Brian Stokes Mitchell in Man of La Mancha. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The classic Joe Darion-Mitch Leigh-Dale Wasserman musical version of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" is currently playing the Al Hirschfield Theatre (formerly the Martin Beck) and stars Brian Stokes Mitchell (who was Tony Award-nominated for tackling the dual roles of Cervantes and Don Quixote). Marin Mazzie recently stepped into the role of Aldonza/Dulcinea following Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's Tony-nommed turn in the part. Ernie Sabella plays Sancho.

There has been talk of a tour for the show. Official word about the closing and any future will be released July 21, a spokesman said, confirming the close date as Aug. 31.

This staging, directed by Jonathan Kent, opened Dec. 5, 2002.

A cast recording was issued on RCA, preserving what many saw as the draw to this production: The passionate baritone of Brian Stokes Mitchell, one of the major leading men of today's musical theatre.

Mazzie and Mitchell peformed together in Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate.