Though I go to the theater often, I’ve not reviewed any theatrical productions on this site, but a couple weeks ago I saw the New Rep’s production of Man of La Mancha, and really want to laud the production here. Man of La Mancha was the first musical I remember seeing performed live. It was a production at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. I don’t remember very much about that performance except that it was completely enthralling. The idealistic young man I was found himself identifying in with the madman trying to change the world. I was also enamored with the idea that a writer can be a force for good in the world, simply by inspiring others.
I’ve been obsessed with the musical ever since. I was so fascinated by the story that I read the original novel by Cervantes. But it’s really the musical I’m obsessed with. I’ve seen several productions, including the film adaptation, and I own the cast recordings of most productions that I haven’t seen. Each version has it’s merits, but the New Rep’s production is really something special. Everything about this production works, from the effective use of the performance space and the integration of the musicians into the ensemble, to the lighting and set design. Continue reading