Man Of La Mancha

March 3 to May 1, 2016

Come “Dream the Impossible Dream” with this five-time Tony award-winning musical!

Inspired by one of the greatest novels of all time, Man of La Mancha features Miguel de Cervantes who channels the power of storytelling to enact his magical tale of the greatest knight of all.

Don Quixote – the slayer of dragons, windmills and defender of ladies in distress. On a quest to restore chivalry to the world and to claim his lady love, Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick, Sancho, remind us all to never give up – that miracles can happen – and we can reach the stars.

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Man Of La Mancha is adapted from Dale Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay “I, Don Quixote”, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his seventeenth-century masterpiece, “The Adventures Of Don Quixote”. The original telecast starred Lee J. Cobb, Colleen Dewhurst and Eli Wallach.Man of La Mancha was first performed at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut in 1964. The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre.

We are thrilled to bring this classic hit musical to the WBT stage! David Wasson will direct the show. The Associate Director/Choreographer is Michael Dauer, The Musical Director is Patrick Hoagland. 

Our production stars: Paul Schoeffler as Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote. The role of Aldonza is played by Michelle Dawson. Gary Marachek provides some comic relief as Quixote’s sidekick, Sancho Panza.  Geoff Belliston is the kindly innkeeper, Ian Knauer plays Dr. Carrasco. Sarah Hanlon plays Antonia and Alan M-L Wager is the Padre.
Featuring the talents of: Jose Antonio, Joanne Borts, Eric Briarley, David Cantor, Alan Gillespie, John Paul LaPorte, Gabriella Perez, Diego Rios, Dougie Robbins, Corinne Scott, and Joseph Torello.

Set & Costumes Designed and Executed by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case, Lighting Design is by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design is by Jonathan Hatton, Steve Loftus is the Technical Director, James Jelkin is the Fight Director, Costume coordinator is Matthew Hemesath, The Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, properties are by Grumpy Props. Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.

Paul Schoeffler (Cervantes/Don Quixote) Broadway: Rock of Ages (Hertz), Sweet Charity (Vidal opp. Christina Applegate) Peter Pan (Hook, for A&E) Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Cyrano (Le Bret) Nine, Victor/Victoria, Sunday in the Park with George. Off Broadway; Wintertime opposite Marsha Mason at Second Stage, Martin Luther on Trial at the Pearl, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Fantasticks and The Cherry Orchard. National Tours include Javert in Les Miserables and Sheldrake in Promises/Promises. Regional: world premieres of Yeston/Kopit's Phantom, Ahrens/Flaherty's The Glorious Ones, numerous productions as Higgins in My Fair Lady and Don Quixote in La Mancha (Barrymore and Broadway World noms for best actor). NY concert work includes Broadway by the Year and Broadway Unplugged at Town Hall and 54 Below. TV: Person of Interest, Law And Order, Guiding Light, All My Children, Midnight Caller and numerous seasons of Courage the Cowardly Dog.

Michelle Dawson (Aldonza/Dulcinea) Last seen at WBT as Milly in " It Happened One Christmas Eve.Broadway : Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark( stand-by Arachne/Emily/Aunt May) Mamma Mia!( Donna & Rosie u/s), Ragtime ( Evelyn Nesbit) , Showboat, Cyrano. PRE-BROADWAY: First Wives Club ( Elise & Annie u/s) NATIONAL TOURS: Mamma Mia! (Donna &Tanya ), Seven Brides...Milly, The Secret Garden, The Music Of ALW. REGIONAL: Lucy-Jekyll & Hyde, Rizzo-Grease, Petra-a little Night Music (Pittsburgh CLO), Eva- Evita (Pioneer). Elsa-Sound Of Music, Lucy -J&H, Nancy -Oliver, Laura-Swing, Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, among others (WBT)  Television :Featured performer at the 2009 TONY AWARDS, Law & Order (CI), All My Children. BFA - Carnegie-Mellon . Thank-you WBT for everything!

Gary Marachek (Sancho)  Selected theatre credits: Asolo Rep, Goodspeed, Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Palace, York Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Theatre Under The Stars, Ford's Theatre, North Carolina State Theatre, The Lion Theatre, Theatre Row Theatre, Westport, Florida Studio Theatre, Theatre By The Sea, Actors' Playhouse, dozens more.  Selected role credits: John Adams (1776), Marc (ART), Felix (Odd Couple), King Aurthur (Spamalot), Doolittle (Fair Lady), Applegate (Damn Yankees), The Bishop (Jekyll & Hyde), Renfield (Dracula), Albin/Zaza (La Cage) Thenardier (Les Miserables), Vice Principle Panch (Spelling Bee), Fagin (Oliver), Scrooge (Christmas Carol), Dr. Watson (Hound of the Baskervilles), Max (Sound of Music), David O. Selznick (Moonlight and Magnolias), literally hundreds more roles. Gary is a 12 time award winning actor, a published author, soloist on two original cast albums, a singer in Cirque Du Soleil's tour "Cirque Dreams," has been the principle in well over 40 TV commercials, has co-starred in two feature length films and has just completed shooting his latest movie, "Thorns For Flowers" to be released winter of 2016/17. La Mancha marks his 7th appearance here at WBT. One week after this show closes he's getting MARRIED to his biggest fan, Laurie. 

David Wasson (Director) brings 40 years of experience as an actor, director and writer to Man Of La Mancha. He honed his directing skills under the tutelage of Tony Award winning Director Albert Marre. He worked with Pulitzer and Tony Award winner, Director Joshua Logan and Tony winner, Director Martin Charnin. His first professional job was in the first (1972) Broadway revival of Man Of La Mancha at Lincoln Center, with mentor and life-long friend, Richard Kiley. He did the Broadway revivals in 1977 and 1992, the '77 run with Mr. Kiley and the '92 run with Raul Julia. He has performed or understudied every male principal role and has logged almost 1400 performances of the show in that 30 year span, and assisted Mr. Marre in the direction of the '92 revival and the '98 national tour. He is forever grateful to Richard Kiley, Albert Marre and Mitch Leigh, who shaped him as an actor, director and producer. For the past 3 years David has turned to film making, as both writer and director. His first independent feature, “Do You Think I'm Pretty?” garnered both the prestigious “Accolade” Award and the Indie Gathering's “Blue Star Award.” His second film “Best Served Cold” will be hitting the festival circuit this summer.