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‘Man of La Mancha’ set to ride again in fresh revival at San Diego Musical Theatre

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Robert J. Townsend stars in San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of “Man of La Mancha.”
(Heather Longfellow)

Robert J. Townsend stars as prisoner turned idealistic knight in longtime stage favorite, opening at downtown’s Horton Grand this weekend

Imprisoned by the Inquisition, set upon by fellow dungeon-dwellers, with just one slim hope for survival: To put on a play. (What else?)

And really, who among us has not been there?

OK, Maybe not in exactly that situation. But when all hope seems lost and all options exhausted, you’ve still gotta keep fighting the fight and dreaming the dream. (The impossible dream, even.)

That spirit — of tireless tenacity and of grit that won’t quit — is at the heart of Man of La Mancha, the 1965 musical (inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote) that’s getting its latest revival at San Diego Musical Theatre, under Scott Thompson’s direction.

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The accomplished SDMT veteran Robert J. Townsend takes on the role of Cervantes/Quixote in the Tony Award-winning show, which opens this weekend.

It’s him against the windmills — and there’s only one way to find out who wins this tilt.

JAMES HEBERT

Man of La Mancha

When: Preview performance Friday. Opens Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Oct. 27.

Where: San Diego Musical Theatre at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown.

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Tickets: $30 to $70

Phone: 858.560.5740

Online: sdmt.org


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