‘Man of La Mancha’ to take stage at Fountain Hills Theater

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Fountain Hills Theater announces the opening of the musical “Man of La Mancha,” which draws inspiration from Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th century novel “Don Quixote.”

Powerful, brutal, hilarious and heartbreaking, “Man of La Mancha” celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion, according to a press release.

The score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea.”

While the story is inspired by Mr. Cervantes’ novel, librettist Dale Wasserman framed his tale as a play-within-a-play and included the character of Mr. Cervantes himself.

The audience first meets Mr. Cervantes in prison, where he is awaiting trial by the Spanish Inquisition. He presents the story of “Don Quixote” to his fellow prisoners --- assuming the character of Don Quixote --- and invites them to “enter into his imagination.’

They oblige, and in turn participate in telling the tale, while enacting its many roles.

“Man of La Mancha” is produced by Meghan Ramos as well as directed and choreographed by Noel Irick, who has won the ariZoni Award as best director for two separate productions of this show.

The show is musically directed by Robin Peterson. “Man of La Mancha” stars Peter J. Hill reprising his role as Cervantes/Quixote.

“Man of La Mancha” will play Nov. 8-24. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as 2 p.m. Sundays.

Individual tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for youth 17 and under.

All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage Too at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.

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