Americana Theatre Company Presents MAN OF LA MANCHA
Americana Theatre Company (ATC), Plymouth's professional theatre company, presents the musical theatre classic Man of La Mancha, starring Boston television personality Scott Wahle in the dual role of Don Quixote/Cervantes, from July 7 through 29, with performances weekly from Thursday through Sunday, at Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth. Man of La Mancha is written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. The production is directed by Michael Kirkland, with music direction by Nancy Sparklin.
Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' 17th century masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most celebrated musicals in Broadway history. 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. The illustrious score of memorable songs includes "The Impossible Dream," "I, Don Quixote," "Dulcinea," "I Really Like Him," "Little Bird," and "To Each His Dulcinea."
"I've been blessed with the opportunity to play many of the great musical theatre roles written for men over the years." said Wahle. "Quixote has been on my bucket list for a long time. It's a beautifully written musical with a timeless story. I'm thrilled to tackle this iconic role with Americana Theatre Company."
Wahle is recognized as a long-time figure on WBZ-TV, where he covered Boston's great sports teams for many years before moving to Channel 4's morning news programming as anchor for a decade. He is equally familiar for his work on the region's theatre stages. Just prior to portraying the role of Don Quixote, he'll perform in Reagle Music Theatre's A Chorus Line in the leading role of Zach. Amongst many stage roles, Wahle has performed in The Music Man (IRNE award for Best Actor - Harold Hill), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), 1776 (John Adams - IRNE nomination), The Will Rogers Follies (Will Rogers), Annie (F.D.R.), Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man), and Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit). In film and television, Wahle has been seen in Knight and Day, The Makeover, Ted 2, Black Mass, Bleed For This, Cadaver, American Odyssey (NBC) and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. He has performed twice with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops and sung the National Anthem at major Boston sports team games including the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots games. His broadcast television career included an early stint as an ESPN SportsCenter anchor, four years of NHL play-by-play, and 20 years at WBZ-TV. His company Wahle Communications focuses on memorable story telling for companies, charities and individuals.
Other principal roles in the cast include stage and screen actor Bethany Lauren James as Aldonza, Ruben Navarro as Sancho Panza, Derek Martin as The Padre, David Friday as The Innkeeper, Jesse Sullivan as Dr. Carrasco, Caitlyn Skinner as Antonia, Jennifer Martin as Fermina, Allyson Lynch as Maria, the Innkeeper's Wife, Erin Friday as The Housekeeper, and Brian Kenerson as The Barber.
Man of La Mancha debuted in 1966 at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre and on Broadway at the Martin Beck, Eden and Mark Hellinger Theatres. The smash hit boasts five Tony Awards, The New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and The Outer Critics Circle Award.
Tickets for Man of La Mancha are $35 general admission, $30 for students and seniors. Evening performances begin at 7 pm, Sunday matinees are held at 2 pm. Discount season packages are also available, including tickets to an original adaptation of Sleepy Hollow, and the heart-warming musical, The Gifts of the Magi. The production is recommended for ages 8 and up.
For tickets to Man of La Mancha, or more information about Americana Theatre Company, visit www.americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, as seating is limited to capacity. Plymouth Center for the Arts is handicap accessible, and public parking is available street side and in nearby public lots.