“Man of La Mancha” Gets a Julianne Boyd Makeover [Berkshire on Stage]
Man of La Mancha is a musical that is as famous as the Cervantes masterpiece it is based on, and as much loved. This week the glorious musical will get a fresh look from director Julianne Boyd as Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield continues its season on the same stage that has given birth to the company’s long list of hit musicals over the past decade. They include Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and On the Town which is still drawing them in on Broadway.
Inspired by Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece “Don Quixote,” Man of La Mancha tells a story rich in chivalry, romance, idealism, tilting at windmills and dreaming “The Impossible Dream.” Facing a mock trial by his fellow prisoners as he awaits his actual trial before the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes stages as his defense the adventures of the knight-errant Don Quixote and his loyal sidekick, Sancho Panza.