Oct. 13, 2009
 
'MAN OF LA MANCHA': Musical Known for Its Haunting 'Impossible Dream' Opens Friday in Huntington
 
Special to Huntingtonnews.net
 
Huntington, WV (HNN) --- City of Huntington Foundation, Inc. and 5th Avenue Theatre Company will present the beloved musical “Man of La Mancha” at Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in Huntington City Hall beginning at 8pm on Friday, October 16, 2009.
 
The show runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m., and returns for a final weekend on Friday and Saturday Oct. 23-24 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m.
 
The show is reserved seating and although tickets will be available at the door, reservations are recommended. Adult admission is $10, and admission for children 12 and under is $8. Call 304-696-5522 for more information or to reserve tickets.
 
The cast of “Man of La Mancha” features Ryan Hardiman as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Marina Jurica as Aldonza/Dulcinea and T. Michael Murdock as Sancho as well as an ensemble cast including Dave Benton, Kyle Fisher, Chloe Hardiman, Loretta Hetzer, Nancy Jackson, Jane Morse, Ralph Pack, Todd Preston, Ron Short, Desiree Sowards, Andrew Surber and Josh Taylor.
 
Adapted from a non-musical 1959 teleplay "I, Don Quixote," Dale Wasserman had been inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece "Don Quixote." It tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Wasserman wrote the musical’s book , the lyrics come from Joe Darion with music by Mitch Leigh.
 
The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, and the musical has been revived numerous times, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre. The song, "The Impossible Dream", became a standard, and the musical is a popular choice for community theatre companies.
 
"Man of La Mancha" was first performed at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, and had its New York premiere on the thrust stage of the ANTA Washington Square Theatre.
 
Eddie Harbert directs while the Musical Direction is by Mike Campbell, and Choreography by Kerri Easter.



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