Priscilla Star Tony Sheldon Finds His "Dream" Role in Australia

News   Priscilla Star Tony Sheldon Finds His "Dream" Role in Australia
 
Tony nominee Tony Sheldon, who was seen in London and on Broadway as Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, has taken on the dual lead roles of Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote in Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre Inc.'s production of Man of La Mancha in Sheldon's native Australia.
Tony Sheldon
Tony Sheldon

The score contains the hit song, "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)."

The show begins performances Feb. 25 at the Seymour Centre’s Reginald Theatre in Sydney, and is scheduled to continue through March 21.

Sheldon is joined by Marika Aubrey as Aldonza as well as Jay James-Moody, Paul Geddes and Ross Chisari in dual creative and performance roles as director/Barber, musical director/Paco and choreographer/Sancho Panza, respectively. Also on board are Hayden Barltrop, Laurence Coy, Rob Johnson, Shondelle Pratt, Richard Woodhouse, Stephen Anderson, Reece Budin, Courtney Glass, Brendan Hay, Glenn Hill, Kyle Sapsford and Joanna Weinberg.

Man of La Mancha, which was penned by Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman, "spins the tale of political prisoner Miguel de Cervantes and his manservant," according to press notes. "In the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition, they must convince their fellow inmates of their innocence using only the contents of their cell, escaping into a world of fantasy and imagination to become the heroic knight Don Quixote de La Mancha and his loyal squire Sancho Panza. If they fail, they risk losing all their worldly goods, and possibly their lives."

"I never at any point dared dream the impossible dream of playing the deluded knight Don Quixote," stated Sheldon. "But I was quickly persuaded by the team at Squabbalogic that theirs will be a new and striking interpretation of the classic musical, and when they invited me to muck in with them on this adventure I impulsively put all other plans on hold and booked my ticket home to Australia. I have long admired the work of Squabbalogic and they are the perfect company to reimagine Man of La Mancha for a new generation of theatregoers." For more information or bookings, visit www.seymourcentre.com or phone the Seymour Centre Box Office on (02) 9351 7940.

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