Man of La Mancha at Coronado Feb. 25

A powerful blend of tragedy, romance, comedy and adventure, Man of La Mancha is an inspiring musical tribute to Don Quixote’s romantic idealism.

The five-time Tony® Award winner will come to the Coronado Theatre in Rockford at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. Tickets, which range in price from $31 to $51, can be purchased at the MetroCentre box office, online at or by calling 968-5222.

Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Man of La Mancha is the epic story of knight-errant Don Quixote, his servant Sancho, and the woman of his dreams, the lovely Dulcinea. The tale—set during the Spanish Inquisition—tells the romantic and noble journey of a man who sets out to right all wrongs and win the heart of a good woman as he duels windmills along the way. The impeccable score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “Dulcinea” and the title song, also known as “I, Don Quixote.”

The original production played on Broadway from 1965 to 1971, starring Richard Kiley as Quixote, and garnered five Tony® awards, including Best Musical. Subsequent Broadway revivals included Raul Julia as Quixote and Sheena Easton as Dulcinea in 1992, and Brian Stokes Mitchell with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in those same roles 10 years later.

The book for Man of La Mancha was written by Dale Wasserman, who, after reading The Adventures of Don Quixote, was intrigued by its author. Wasserman originally wrote the piece as a teleplay for CBS’s DuPont Show of the Month. When he rewrote the play for Broadway, producer Albert Marre stepped in and suggested that it be a musical. The music was written by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics by Joe Darion. Marre directed the original production.

Special discounts are available for Broadway in the Coronado season subscribers. For groups of 20 or more, call 800-714-5331.

From the Jan. 24-30, 2007, issue

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