Broadway's Man of La Mancha Becomes a Dream After Aug. 31

By Robert Simonson
31 Aug 2003

Brian Stokes Mitchell in Man of La Mancha.
Brian Stokes Mitchell in Man of La Mancha.
Photo by Joan Marcus

The Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie, will end its run with a 7:30 PM performance on Aug. 31.

The additional Sunday evening performance was added to make up for the Aug. 14 show lost to the recent national blackout. Upon closing, Mancha will have played 16 previews and 304 regular performances.

The classic Joe Darion-Mitch Leigh-Dale Wasserman musical version of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" stars 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 on July 1, following the departure of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who won a Tony nomination for her turn in the part. Ernie Sabella has played Sancho throughout the entire run.

This staging, directed by Jonathan Kent, opened Dec. 5, 2002. It is the fourth revival of the show to reach Broadway. The original bowed in 1965.



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 previously performed together in Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate.

Man of La Mancha opened at the Martin Beck Theatre, and became the first show to play the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, when the house was newly christened on June 23 to honor the late caricaturist.