Santino Fontana, Marc Kudisch, and Emily Skinner Among All-Star Cast in Man of La Mancha Concert

Cabaret & Concert News   Santino Fontana, Marc Kudisch, and Emily Skinner Among All-Star Cast in Man of La Mancha Concert
 
The Off-Broadway Transportation Group will host the event at Merkin Hall in New York City.
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A parade of Tony Award nominees including Santino Fontana, Marc Kudisch, Emily Skinner, Bryce Pinkham, John Cariani, Mary Testa, and Brandon Uranowitz, will be featured in the Off-Broadway Transport Group’s single concert performance of Man of La Mancha December 18 at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

A production spokesperson told Playbill that casting is still in flux, but that each of the major roles will be played by multiple actors who will each get a song or part of a song to perform.

Jack Cummings III directs a cast that also includes Jason Danieley, Julia Murney, Robert Creighton, Tally Sessions, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Andrew Samonsky, Alexandra Silber, George Abud, D.C. Anderson, Stanley Bahorek, Jessica Fontana, Sherry Boone, Michael De Souza, Tim Dolan, Stephen Mir, Doug Shapiro, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Matt Castle, Frank Galgano, and Rowan Vickers.

Richard Kiley and Ray Middleton in Man of La Mancha.
Richard Kiley and Ray Middleton in Man of La Mancha.

The 8 PM concert will include behind-the-scenes stories of the show’s development and original production, including a talkback with some of the show’s past performers, creators, and original cast members, including Hechter Ubarry, who will narrate. Based on the novel Don Quixote, the 1965 musical has music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and a book by Dale Wasserman. It ran 2,328 performances and has been revived on Broadway four times.

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center is located at 129 West 67th Street in Manhattan. Tickets for Man of La Mancha are now on sale at $55–$125. Click here to purchase tickets, or call (866) 811-4111.

As part of the Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series, the Transport Group is also planning a concert revival of the 1968 musical Promises, Promises on June 25, 2018. Both concerts will feature original orchestrations. Casting for Promises, Promises, will be announced at a later date.

Promises, Promises has a book by Neil Simon, based on the screenplay The Apartment by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, with music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David. It ran 1,281 performances and was revived on Broadway in 2010. Previous presentations in the Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series, which launched in 2012, include Baby, Once Upon a Mattress, The Music Man, Peter Pan, and A Man of No Importance.

Santino Fontana, Marc Kudisch, Jason Danieley, and Julia Murney have been special guest performers on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now also on sale for the Broadway on the High Seas 10: Odyssey Through the Greek Isles June 24–July 1, 2019, with a lineup of top Broadway stars to be announced. Call Judy Perl Worldwide for tickets at (844) 561-3625. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.

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