Box Office – Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

Oct 7 – Oct 30, 2016

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Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Directed by Allison Narver
Choreographed by Maria Torres
Music Direction by Cynthia Kortman Westphal

Running time: Approximately 2 hours with no intermission

Don't miss this new production of one of the most heralded musicals of all time. Man of La Mancha is a glorious affirmation of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit that will leave you breathless. Inspired by one of the greatest novels in Western literature, Man of La Mancha enters the mind and world of the "mad knight" Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. In a tale told by Cervantes himself in defense of his life’s work, Quixote is, against all odds, a man who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. Featuring stirring classic songs including “The Impossible Dream,” Man of La Mancha is a multi-Tony Award®-winning theatrical masterpiece that blurs the line between dreams and reality. It is a powerful celebration of life and the imagination. Starring Broadway’s Rufus Bonds Jr. as Don Quixote and Don Darryl Rivera as Sancho, with Nova Payton as Aldonza.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Special thanks to the sponsors of our production.


Day-of-Show & See-It-Again Tickets

For many shows we offer several kinds of Day-of-Show tickets for purchase at the Box Office.

  • $20 Day-of-Show tickets for students and patrons under 25 years old. You must show a valid ID that verifies your student status or age when you purchase these tickets. 1 ticket per ID.
  • $20 Day-of-Show tickets for theater arts industry employees. You must show a current business card, valid TPS membership card or current show contract when you purchase these tickets.
  • $25 See-It-Again tickets for patrons who have already seen the current production. To purchase a See-It-Again ticket for a best-available seat, bring your paid ticket stub to the Box Office on the day of the performance you want to see.

All Day-of-Show and See-It-Again tickets are subject to availability, section limitations and ticket limits.

Plan Your Visit

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail

Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.


All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.


The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines included for each show. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Emergency Contact

Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:

Theatre Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs

Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks

Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid. 

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre. The 5th cannot guarantee that ticket donations are tax deductable and does not produce tax receipts for these donations. Please call 206.625.1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets

If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.

Third-Party Tickets

We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.

Cameras & Recorders

The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher

If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

How did one of the first modern novels and a touchstone of Western literature become the heralded musical? We owe a lot of credit to Dale Wasserman. Find out more about the journey from Cervantes' Don Quixote to the musical Man of La Mancha.
The man himself, your Don Quixote! We are honored to have Rufus Bonds Jr. joining us as Cervantes/Quixote in this fantastic production. Find out more about the actor, director and writer here.
We are stoked to have D.C.'s shining star, Nova Payton, back with us this season as Aldonza. She blew audiences away last season with her performance in A Night With Janis Joplin. Find out more about Nova here.
Reaching for that unreachable star, we are so pleased to have hometown hero Don Darryl Rivera as Sancho Panza. DDR is taking a short break from his role as Iago in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway. Find out more about him here.
We have three amazing women at the helm of this Tony winning musical: Director Allison Narver, Music Director Cynthia Kortman Westphal and Choreographer Maria Torres. Read this interview to find out what drew them to the project and what they hope for the audience to take away.
Lauren Du Pree (Antonia) and Nick DeSantis (Padre) are following that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far. Find out more about both of these 5th Avenue veterans here.
Running where the brave dare not go, we have Marlette Buchanan (Maria/Housekeeper) and Eric Ankrim (Duke/Carrasco). Find out more about these two awesome artists here.
Two more cast members are fighting the unbeatable foe with us: Allen Fitzpatrick as The Governor/Innkeeper and Jose J. Gonzales as The Barber! Find out more about them here.
Two more cast members are dreaming the impossible dream with us: Brandon O'Neill as Pedro and David Quicksall as the Captain of the Inquisition. Find out more about these two 5th Avenue favorites here.
Check out some more of our phenomenal cast members! Meet Annie Morro, Richard Peacock and Davione Gordon.
All the things you ever wanted to know about Cervantes and more! Your questions answered by Artistic Associate Albert Evans in this article.
Three more dreamers to meet: Dane Stokinger, Maisha Mercee' and Steven Sofia! Click here to learn more about these three.
We are excited to welcome Skizzo Arnedillo Arteaga to our ensemble and as the assistant choreographer, and to have Jade Solomon Curtis back on our stage since we last saw her in Carousel. Find out more about both of them here.
We're taking this opportunity before the show to introduce you to all of our amazing cast members. First up: Eric Esteb, Sarah Rose Davis and Wilson Mendieta! Find out more about all three of them here.
Get acquainted with our Man of La Mancha director, Allison Narver! Read this Q&A to find out about her favorite directorial experience, what intrigues her about Man of La Mancha and why she loves Seattle.

Man of La Mancha

Rating: PG-13

Man of La Mancha is set in the common room of a stone prison vault in Seville, Spain; it is the late sixteenth century. Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, has been arrested by the Inquisition and confined among thieves and murderers to await his trial. To recover his manuscript (which has been confiscated by the other prisoners), Cervantes and his manservant offer to enact the story of the mad knight.


Adult Language:

The language is mild; a couple of “hells” are heard and one “bastard.” Aldonza yells at the muleteers, “Sons of whores!” when they steal a letter from her knight. Pedro later yells, “Back, whore!” at her when she tries to help Don Quixote in a fight.


Sexual References:

The tavern maid, Aldonza, is seen being manhandled by the rough muleteers who patronize the inn; she pushes them away and reminds them that she needs payment in advance. She sings: “I do not like you or your brother / I do not like the life I live / But I am me, I am Aldonza, and what I give / I choose to give.” Finally, she accepts a bag of coins from Pedro. When Don Quixote addresses her as his lady, the muleteers mock her.

The muleteers singing “Little Bird” make some casual passes at Aldonza as she fills buckets with water for the horses; she pulls away from them.

A Moorish girl approaches Don Quixote performing a lascivious dance; although Sancho protests that she is “a trollop,” Don Quixote addresses her as “sweet maiden,” and when she places his hands on her breasts, asserts that “She wishes me to feel the beating of her heart.”



The muleteers are seen drinking ale in the inn.



In the opening scene, the prisoners leap on Cervantes and his manservant, knocking them to the ground and taking every possession they carry; the governor, the leader of the prisoners, intervenes.

Pedro slaps Aldonza and sends her spinning to the ground; Don Quixote is outraged, and, with Aldonza’s and Sancho’s help, he fights the muleteers.

After their defeat by Don Quixote, the angry muleteers attack Aldonza; in a stylized and choreographed scene, she is beaten and brutalized. She loses consciousness and is carried off. When she is seen again, her face is bruised, her hair matted, her clothing in tatters.