An audience favorite last year, MAN OF LA MANCHA is back at A Noise Within and receiving, once again, standing ovations from every audience. In this wonderful tale, Miguel de Cervantes tells his Don Quixote story to his fellow prisoners during the Spanish Inquisition. It is musical theater that your eyes and ears will enjoy and that your mind will take along for the ride.
Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott put together the same cast (with a couple of exceptions) for this year’s performances. That includes the principal actors: Geoff Elliott’s brilliant rendition of a bohemian looking Cervantes and a sweetly delusional Don Quixote; Kasey Mahaffy as a lean and adorably witty Sancho Panza; and Cassandra Marie Murphy as Aldonza/Dulcinea. Her voice is absolutely gorgeous.
The cast is complete with Gabriel Zenone as Innkeeper, Cynthia Marty as Maria, Michael Uribes as Dr. Sanson Carrasco, Jeremy Rabb as Padre, Andrew Joseph Perez as The Barber, Jordan Goodsell as Anselmo, Nick Bruno as Tenorio, Cassie Simone as Antonia, and Marc Leclerc as Jose.
The music, written by Mitch Leigh, is performed live by a seven-piece orchestra playing from one of the theater’s balconies. This musical has wonderful, catchy, songs like “Dulcinea,” “Man of La Mancha,” and “The Quest.” The performance opens with a fabulous instrumental number that sets the mood for what is to come. Will Vargas on woodwinds, Maya Barrera on oboe, Joe Ferruzzo and Barbara Laronga on trumpets, Ken Rosser and Robert Oriol on guitars, and Michael Boerum on percussion, do an outstanding job under the direction of Dr. Melissa Sky-Eagle.
MAN OF LA MANCHA is lovely. It sends you home feeling happy, singing, and dreaming of life “as it should be.” Do not miss this second opportunity to watch this inspirational piece.
MAN OF LA MANCHA will perform Thursday to Sunday through Sep. 9, 2018. Tickets can be purchased at ANoiseWithin.org or by calling (626) 356-3100. $20 Student Rush with ID tickets are available at the box office an hour before each performance.
This Sunday, Aug. 26, is Sunday Rush at 7 pm – all tickets will be $25, available online after 12 am on day of performance with the code SUNDAYRUSH or at the box office with cash or credit after 2 pm on day of performance.
A Noise Within is located at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, in Pasadena CA 91107.
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