Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece "Don Quixote", "Man of La Mancha" is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, "Man of La Mancha" celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes the classic song “The Impossible Dream,” which found its own life after the production, having been recorded by many major popular vocalists. Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure in his varied careers as playwright, poet and tax collector, sits in a Seville dungeon with his manservant, awaiting trial by the Spanish Inquisition for an offense against the Church. The other prisoners set up a mock trial: if Cervantes is found guilty, he will hand over all his possessions. Cervantes agrees to do so, and offers his defense in the form of a play, and in doing so the classic tales of adventure (and misadventure) of the errant and noble knight Don Quixote unfold. See "Man of La Mancha" at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.
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