Man of La Mancha

Anthony Velez, Gabe Belyeu and Maya Cuevas star as Sancho, Quixote and Aldonza in Mac-Haydn’s production of Man of La Mancha. Original photo by Ann Kielbasa.
Just 5 noteworthy differences between this show and July’s production by Opera Saratoga!

By Andrew Andrews

Based loosely on one of the greatest novels of all time, Man of LaMancha tells the story of Don Quixote, a 17th Century Spanish nobleman who reads so many books about chivalry that he loses his mind and decides to roam the countryside as a knight errant.

Quixote employs Sancho, a peasant neighbor, to assume the role of his squire, and the two embark on a series of misadventures that always leave the duo much the worse for wear.

In the original novel, Sancho's tell-it-like-it-is nature often had me in stitches, but the musical depicts him as a more subdued sidekick, trading much of the novel's comedy for a more dramatic tale.

Having just seen Opera Saratoga's production of La Mancha in July, and being impressed by Mac-Haydn's recent performance of She Loves Me, I was very interested in seeing how the two versions would compare.

Here are the five differences that made an impression:

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Andrew Andrews attended Man of La Mancha at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham on Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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