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News Rufus Bonds, Jr. Replaces Norm Lewis in Man of La Mancha Performances of the classic musical begin at The 5th Avenue Theatre in October.
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Rufus Bonds, Jr., who was recently seen as Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess in London’s West End, has taken over the role of Don Quixote in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Man of La Mancha from the previously announced Norm Lewis.

Tony nominee Lewis has withdrawn from the Seattle, WA, production due to scheduling conflicts. “I was faced with a very sudden conflict,” Lewis said in a statement. “This offer was unexpected and my struggle with the final decision was not an easy one, knowing the disappointment this would cause audiences in Seattle, to whom I must send my deepest apologies. I feel only gratitude to The 5th for its support and understanding, and wish the production the best.”

“Rufus Bonds, Jr. is an outstanding and talented performer,” stated 5th Avenue executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong. “I have long been an admirer of his work, and we are thrilled to give Seattle audiences the opportunity to see him in this iconic role. While we are saddened by Lewis’ departure, we understand the difficult circumstances and we are fortunate to now count Bonds as a member of our company.”

Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30. The cast also features Don Darryl Rivera as Sancho and Nova Payton as Aldonza with direction by Allison Narver and choreography by Maria Torres.

For single tickets (starting at $29) and additional information, visit, call the box office at (206) 625-1900 or visit the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.

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