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Photos: First Look at David Pittsinger, Talia Thiesfield, Brian Michael Hoffman and More in MAN OF LA MANCHA at Ivoryton Playhouse

MAN OF LA MANCHA opened September 7th at the Ivoryton Playhouse to tears and laughter and thunderous applause, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the starry cast in action below!

Set in a Spanish prison in the late 16th century, the age of the infamous Inquisition, the play would seem to have little to do with life in 21st century America. Yet the audience is engaged from the first moment the lights go up by this terrifying, haunting and yet uplifting story of life and death, art and artifice, madness and sanity. A welcome relief from the cynicism and madness of our own world, we gladly embrace the transformative power of make believe. As Quixote says - "When life itself seems lunatic - who knows where madness lies?"

One of the world's most popular musicals, MAN OF LA MANCHA tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, claim his lady love and dare to dream "The Impossible Dream".

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA is a remarkable show and one of the great theatre successes of our time. This is a play-within-a-play - a poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind. It's All the Same, Dulcinea, I'm Only Thinking of Him, The Impossible Dream, I Really Like Him and Little Bird remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show.

David Pittsinger*, who performed here last year to great critical acclaim as Emile de Becque in SOUTH PACIFIC, leads the production in a tour de force performance as Cervantes/Don Quixote. He is joined by Talia Thiesfield* as Aldonza, Brian Michael Hoffman* as Sancho Panza, Jimmy Van Treuren* as the Innkeeper, Amy Buckley as Antonia, Melissa McLean as the Housekeeper and Matthew Krob as the Padre. The motley crew of prisoners and muleteers include Brian Binion, Ryan Cavanaugh*, AJ Hunsucker, James Ludlum, Conor McGiffin and Stephen Mir.

The show is directed by David Edwards who is doing double duty by also appearing on stage as Carasco. Choreographed by Todd Underwood, the set is designed by Daniel Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Elizabeth Cipollina. Musical direction is by Paul Feyer.

MAN OF LA MANCHA opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on September 7th and runs through October 2nd, 2016. Tickets are $50 for adults, $45 for seniors, $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling The Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

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