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Man of La Mancha

a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 3348

SHOWING : April 03, 2009 - May 03, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

April 3-May 3, 2009
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 pm


The epic story of knight-errant Don Quixote, his servant Sancho, and the woman of his dreams, the lovely Aldonza/Dulcinea. The tale—set during the Spanish Inquisition—tells the romantic and noble journey of a knight who sets out to right all wrongs and win the heart of a good woman as he duels windmills along the way. Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes’, Man of La Mancha is the classic comic tragedy of man’s struggle against all odds to dream impossible dreams.



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CAST & CREW LIST
Director Adriana Warner
Choreographer Jennifer Fischler
Stage Manager Kathy Manning
Sound Designer David Shelton
Lighting Designer David Shelton
Music Director Spencer G. Stephens
Lead Keyboard Martie Carlson Rudd
Jose/Tenorio/ Prisioner Jason Ahrens
Governor/Innkeeper Robert Arrington
Horse/Prisoner/Muleteer Jason Byrd
Fermina/Prisoner/Moor Jennifer Fischler
Pedro/Prisioner Rob Hardie
Dr. Carrasco/Knight Mirrors Patrick Hill
Captain/Horse/Muleteer Tim Link
Don Quixote Jason Meinhardt
Manservant/Sancho Snapper Morgan
Antonia/Prisoner Alison Paul
Duke/Juan/Paco Murray Sarkin
Anselmo/Barber Michael Siedschlag
Aldonza/Dulcinea Courtney Stanley
Maria/Prisoner Debby Thomson
Housekeeper/Prisoner Debby Wachsman
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REVIEWS

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Making a dream possible....
by a thespian in tears
Saturday, May 16, 2009
4.0
I'm getting really good at posting a comment/review long after a show closes!! I enjoyed "Man of La Mancha" at Kudzu Playhouse. It was my first time seeing this show, and patronizing this venue, and I was impressed with some of the performances and music. I took my 12 year old daughter, who had just finished studying this period in history at her middle school, so she was REALLY into it..I thought the standouts for me vocally and acting wise were... Robert Arrington, the Governor/Innkeeper...what an imposing and powerful stage presence! M. Reed Higgins, The Padre... what a lovely singing voice! Rob Hardie, Pedro, what a brute! And, both Snapper Morgan, Sancho, and Jason Meinhardt, Cervantes/ Don Quixote for their humorous and heartwarming chemistry together...Also, I have never seen not heard a performer "feel" a song as deeply as Jason Meinhardt did during "The Impossible Dream." It was mesmerizing just watching and listening to him sing it....Kudos for an entertaining night of theater and for making a history lesson, of sorts, come to life and be such an enjoyable and interesting experience for a 12 year old girly girl. That is making a mother's dream possible!
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It's Not Always the Same...Sometimes it's Better.
by Sweet Babboo
Sunday, April 26, 2009
4.5
After attending multiple productions of Man of LaMancha during the past 20 years, I had certain expectations that I initially did not expect Kudzu to meet. I am used to seeing the leading role of Cervantes/Don Quixote played by a middle-aged or older actor with a rich, booming baritone voice that can shake the rafters. When Jason Meinhardt opened his mouth to sing the first title song, I will admit that I was underwhelmed. I thought that he was about 15 years too young for the role and that the score was a tad out of his vocal range. I was prepared to watch an evening of what I predicted to be, at best, a mediocre and unmemorable performance.

Halfway through Act One I realized that I was gravely wrong.

Mr. Meinhardt pours 110 percent of himself into this performance and the audience is complete enthralled by it. His Cervantes is so profoundly vibrant and textured, that it transcends any shortcomings that I had assumed at the very beginning. I felt and believed everything his Don Quixote did, his passion, fear, heartbreak and despair. By the end of Act One, I was breathless as he sang The Impossible Dream. Like Aldonza and Sancho, I would follow this guy anywhere after that. His Cervantes is the finest I've ever seen in the role. It is truly a great performance not be missed.

Not to take anything away from the rest of the cast. They all do a fine job. But this is Meinhardt's show, hands down, and he owns it.

The 2-story set is impressive and richly detailed, as are the costumes. Adrianna Warner's skilled direction is also to be commended. The only quibble I had was that the 3-member orchestra, although pleasant sounding, couldn't provide a more full-bodied sound that the score demands.

With only one more weekend left in the run, this show isn't to be missed. If you do, you'll be missing out on what I predict (although I have nothing to do with them) will be a MAT Award-winning production and leading performance in that of Jason Meinhardt. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
GIving Credit Where Credit Is Due by playgoer
I think the credit in this one really belongs to Adriana Bosna Warner. There were a lot of individual things I didn't care for in the show -- line glitches by Mr. Meinhardt, light glitches, ineffective background painting, ensemble members zoning out or checking out the audience, an uneven mixture of talents. But somehow the show as a whole worked, and worked well. The pace seemed brisk throughout, and I have to rate this as the best non-professional "Man of La Mancha" I've seen.

by Bunhead
Sunday, April 26, 2009
4.0
Viewed Kudzu's "La Mancha tonight. Very good job. Hats off to the musical director,Spenser Stephens. Beautiful vocals!A stand out vocally M.Reed Higgins, the Padre. The InnKeeper, Robert Arrington was also exceptional. Strong cast! Very enjoyable evening. Thank you!

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