directed by Brian Katz (Chess, Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night, Next to Normal)
musical director Mark Dietrich

Man of La Mancha runs approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes.

This beloved musical adaptation of Miguel Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history.  Born in the political theatre movement of the 1960’s, “La Mancha” is a play-within-a-play where Cervantes, imprisoned by The Inquisition, faces trial by his fellow prisoners. In his defense, he engages his prosecutors in weaving the tale of his errant knight, Don Quixote de La Mancha, determined to bring back the age of chivalry to a darkening world.

With timeless songs like “The Impossible Dream” and “Dulcinea”, Custom Made puts its unique spin on this dark musical, featuring on-stage actor-musicians, and starring TBA Award-winner Edward Hightower (seen as Booth in Custom Made’s “Assassins” and the Storyteller in “Cotton Patch Gospel”) as Cervantes/Quixote.

Custom Made’s La Mancha takes advantage of their intimate stage to bring a modern, essential musical to Union Square.  Stripping the score down to its essence, and with all the music played live with actor/musicians and led by James Grady (Next to Normal) on Spanish Guitar, this production takes the show back to its downtown roots, reminding us why Cervantes’ tale is beloved all over the world.

“Man of La Mancha” runs January 11 – February 17, 2018 at Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street in San Francisco.

Production Photos: (click to launch gallery)

Dream the Impossible Dream

Jan 11-Feb 17

Wed 7:30, Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm


First reviews are in!

“Custom Made’s funny, touching, and impactful production of Man of La Mancha is not to be missed — no matter how many times in the past one has seen this universally loved, oft-revived musical on much larger stages.”
-Eddie Reynolds, Theatre Eddies

“..a marvelously nuanced performance by Edward Hightower, backed by a talented and committed supporting cast, presented in an intimate, beautifully designed setting, and directed with tremendous skill and sensitivity, and you have the formula for a most pleasant evening of theatre.”
– Patrick Thomas, Talkin’ Broadway

Anthony Aranda …… Governor/Percussion
Kimberley Cohan ……Ensemble/Flute
James Grady …… Spanish Guitar
Edward Hightower* …… Cervantes/Quixote
Paul Hogarth …… Ensemble/Melodica
Emily Jeanes …… Ensemble/Viola
Dave Leon …… Sancho/Euphonium
Jenny Matteucci …… Ensmeble/Maria
Emma Onasch …… Ensemble/Antonia
Jack O’Reilly …… Ensemble/Padre
Rachael Richman …… Aldonza
Shelby Stewart ……Ensemble/Barber
Mauricio Suarez …… Ensemble/Duke
*member, Actors Equity Association

Creative staff:
Brian Katz – Director
Mark Dietrich – Musical Director
Brian Allan Hobbs – Arrangements
Leah S. Abrams – Associate Director
Lindsey Eifert- Costume Design
Maxx Kurzunski – Lighting Design
Daniel Bilodeau – Scenic Design
Tom O’Brien – Props Design
James Goode – Sound Design
Nikki Meñez – Movement
Kalon Thibodeaux – Stage Manager
Genevieve Pabon – Asst Stage Manager

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