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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Announces Extension of Critically Acclaimed Man of La Mancha

Rick Engler, Director of Marketing, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Thursday, November 8, 2012 • 3:16pm

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey announced today that its acclaimed, record-breaking production of Man of La Mancha will perform for an additional week—through Sunday, November 25th—at Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage, the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.  Tickets for all performances are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the box office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.orgPerformances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The additional week will include performances on Tuesday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee and evening and Sunday matinee and evening.  Tickets range from $50 to $80; student rush tickets are available 30 minutes prior to curtain for $10.  

“Given the extraordinary response to this show, the unfortunate loss of performances due to the power outage, and the many difficulties our patrons have faced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we are thrilled to be able to to extend the run of this show through Thanksgiving week,” said Artistic Director Bonnie. J. Monte.

Featuring a well-known score including one of Broadway’s most famous songs – To Dream the Impossible Dream –and the winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Man of La Mancha has become one of the most beloved and popular American musicals in the world.  Inspired by real events in the life of Miguel de Cervantes, the musical features a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh.   William Michals makes his Shakespeare Theatre debut as the writer Miguel de Cervantes who invents the iconic character of Don Quixote.  Michals appeared as Emile de Becque in the Tony Award-winning South Pacific at Lincoln Center.  Michals was asked to open the December 11, 2001 memorial service at Ground Zero with a solo, a cappella rendition of Let There Be Peace on Earth which has been rebroadcast world-wide

Broadway veteran Jane Pfitsch plays Aldonza.  Pfitsch appeared earlier this season in the Shakespeare Theatre’s production of The Liar.  On Broadway, she appeared in the Tony Award-winning Company and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.  She also appeared off-Broadway in The 39 Steps.

The cast also includes Blake Pfeil, Patrick Boll, Drew Dix, Derin Altay, Darren Matthias, and Jeremy Lee Parish.  Also in the company of more than 20 actors and musicians are Kim Sava, John Seidman and Lee Harrington as well as Sean Buhr, George Abud, Jordan Laroya, John Gardner, and Katy Hinson.

2012 Season

The Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season will close with the rarely-seen classic gem Trelawny of the Wells by Arthur Wing Pinero.  This effervescent romantic comedy about life in the theatre in England at the turn of the 19th century is a giddy and moving homage to art and artists.  Directed by Bonnie J. Monte, Trelawny of the Wells uns December 5 – 30. 

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free. 

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors.   Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available.  Braille and large print programs are available.   Infrared listening devices are available free of charge.  Some performances are audio described.  Contact the theatre for more information.   The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road in Morris Township.   For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

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