By Andrew Gans
29 Dec 2011
Directed by Nick DeGruccio with musical direction by Matthew Smedal and choreography by Carlos Mendoza, the classic musical will be presented Feb. 10-26, 2012, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA.
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 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."