Man of La Mancha Revival Cast Album Recorded Nov. 14; CD Out Jan. 7, 2003

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14 Nov 2002

The new revival of Man of La Mancha will be recorded in New York City on Nov. 14 at Right Track Recording in Manhattan. RCA Victor will release the cast recording on Jan. 7, 2003.Bob Billig is the the music director.



The new revival of Man of La Mancha will be recorded in New York City on Nov. 14 at Right Track Recording in Manhattan. RCA Victor will release the cast recording on Jan. 7, 2003.Bob Billig is the the music director.

The show will have its first Broadway preview on Saturday, Nov. 23 (the matinee), four days later than the originally announced Nov. 19. There will be an extra performance on Nov. 24, making for a total of four shows that initial weekend.

The musical began its tryout at Washington's National Theatre Oct. 8 and continued through Nov. 10, before taking up residence on Broadway at the Martin Beck. The official opening date is Dec. 5.

Luis Perez recently took over duties as choreographer for Man of La Mancha, which stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ernie Sabella as Don Quixote, Aldonza and Sancho.

Perez replaces Richard Amaro, who left for personal family reasons. Work on the show's choreography continued during the DC run, a show spokesman said.

Jonathan Kent, the London director behind such Britain to-Broadway hits as Medea with Diana Rigg and Hamlet with Ralph Fiennes, is at the helm.

Mark Jacoby, Stephen Bogardus, Don Mayo and Natascia Diaz take key supporting roles. Also in the cast are Bradley Dean, Olga Merediz, Frederick B. Owens, Jamie Torcellini, Timothy J. Alex, Andy Blankenbuehler, John Herrera, Jamie Karen, Lorin Latarro, Carlos Lopez, Wilson Mendieta, Gregory Mitchell, Richard Montoya, Michelle Rios, Thom Sesma, Jimmy Smagula, Dennis Stowe and Allyson Tucker.

Mitchell was recently seen on Broadway in King Hedley II, and, before that, in Kiss Me, Kate, for which he won a Tony. He also starred in Ragtime.

Mastrantonio was last seen on the New York stage a decade ago in a Central Park mounting of Twelfth Night. She played Viola. Her Broadway credits include West Side Story, Copperfield, Oh, Brother, The Human Comedy and The Marriage of Figaro.

Sabella made his name playing the hoarse-voiced Harry the Horse opposite Nathan Lane's Nathan Detroit in Broadway's Guys and Dolls and has since starred with Lane in several other vehicles, including A Funny Thing Happened... on Broadway, "Encore! Encore!" on television and "The Lion King" on the big screen.

David Stone, Jon B. Platt, Susan Quint Gallin, Sandy Gallin, Seth M. Siegel and USA Ostar Theatricals will produce. The design team includes sets and costumes by Paul Brown; lighting design by Paul Gallo; and sound design by Tony Meola.

The musical, which won a Tony for Best Musical in 1965, was drawn from Miguel Cervantes' 17th-century novel, "Don Quixote," as distilled through a script by Dale Wasserman. The music is by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics by Joe Darion, who died last year. Leigh wrote several songs for the show with the poet W.H. Auden, but they disagreed about aspects of the project, so Darion was enlisted. The show began life at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, and had a smash success for 2,328 performances on Broadway.

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