Mandarin Translation of Man of La Mancha Will Play China

News   Mandarin Translation of Man of La Mancha Will Play China
Rehearsals are currently underway for a production of the Tony-winning musical Man of La Mancha in China.

According to, the all-Chinese production, which will feature a Mandarin translation, is being presented by Seven Ages Company.

Performances will begin Dec. 18 at the Shanghai People's Grand Theater; it will continue at that venue until the Chinese New Year. The production will then be seen in Beijing in April-May 2016.

Mary Chun is the music director for the Broadway-to-China project, which also recently presented the Tony-winning Avenue Q as well as the classic musical comedy How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.

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 earlier 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."

Man of La Mancha opened on Broadway Nov. 22, 1965, and ran 2,328 performances, winning five 1966 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It has been revived four times, in 1972, 1977, 1992 and, most recently, in 2003 with Brian Stokes Mitchell in the triple leading role of Quixote/Quijana/Cervantes.

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