Schoeffler, Whelan, Torcellini Are La Mancha Trio at Philly's Walnut Street

News   Schoeffler, Whelan, Torcellini Are La Mancha Trio at Philly's Walnut Street Broadway's Paul Schoeffler, late of Sweet Charity, will be the Man of La Mancha for Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Sept. 4-Oct. 21.

Barrymore Award winner Bruce Lumpkin directs the revival of the musical drama inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' picaresque novel, "Don Quixote." The libretto is by Dale Wasserman, with songs by lyricist Joe Darion and composer Mitch Leigh.

Schoeffler's Broadway credits also include Hook to Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan; Vittorio in the recent Sweet Charity (also cast album, singing a rapturous "Too Many Tomorrows"); Nine (he was Antonio Banderas' standby); Victor/Victoria; and Cyrano.

The troupe will boast Jamie Torcellini as Sancho Panza (he was featured as the Barber in the 2002 Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha); Walnut veteran Denise Whelan as Aldonza; Bev Appleton; Jennifer Hallie; Danielle Herbert; Joshua Lamon; Jorge E. Maldonado; Michael Philip O'Brien; Katie O'Shaughnessey; Steve Pacek; Suzanne H. Smart; Bill Van Horn; and Bruce Winant.

"Man of La Mancha tells the fantastic tale of Don Quixote, a self-proclaimed knight-errant who sets out to protect the weak, uphold chivalry and right the wrongs in a cold and uncaring world," according to WST. "The world of Don Quixote is brought to life by Cervantes himself, having been harshly imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition. Using only his fellow prisoners and a great amount of imagination, Cervantes tells the noble and romantic story of a man determined to win the heart of the woman he loves and do the right thing, no matter how difficult or costly."

The 1965 score includes "The Impossible Dream." The WST creative team includes music and vocal director Edward Reichert, choreographer Michelle Gaudette, set designer Todd Edward Ivins, lighting designer Jack Jacobs, costume designer Colleen Grady and sound designer Ryk Lewis.

For more information visit www.Walnut StreetTheatre.org.