A new production of "Man of La Mancha" comes to Lehman Center for the Performing Arts next month. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
The words "To Dream the Impossible Dream" epitomize what makes us human: our need to dream. Even far-fetched dreams like an old man who sees himself as a brave and gallant knight, Don Quixote.
"It's about somebody who sees beauty when nobody else does," says Jeff Moss, the director of a new production of "Man of La Mancha" at the Lehman Center for the performing arts. "And don't we all want to meet someone like that?"
I should say so. "Man of La Mancha" won the Tony Award in 1965 and has been beloved around the world ever since. It takes the classic tome "Don Quixote" by Cervantes and turns it into a play within a play, with Cervantes himself, a prisoner during the Spanish Inquisition, acting out the story of the mad would-be knight Don Quixote.
"When you get down to the essence of his story, it shows one man scorned and covered with scars can make a difference, and he makes a difference for the people around him, and that plays it forward," said actor Jack Curenton.
That's because even though those around him believe Don Quixote is mad, as he sees beauty and bravery in them, they, too, begin to see it. Especially Aldonza, or, as he calls her, Dulcinea.
Perhaps no one relates to the instinct to dream big more than the actors themselves.
"Absolutely. Acting is an impossible dream," said actor Jessica Norland. "I'm so lucky to be a part of this. This is really my first big job, and I'm really excited about it.
Let's face it. We've all dreamed the impossible dream, and that's what makes this story so universal. And whatever your dream is, well, like the song says, "To Each His Dulcinea."
"Man of La Mancha" will be performed on Saturday, April 5. Tickets start at $40. For more information, visit lehmancenter.org