Palm Beach Dramaworks is giving the summer a musical theme with two productions set for July and August. Tony Award winners Man of La Mancha and Company headline this year’s Musical Theatre Master Series at the Don and Ann Brown Theatre, starting with Man from July 10-21 and wrapping with Company from August 7-18. Performed in concert format, both musicals will have limited orchestration and minimal staging.
Kicking off the Master Series, Man of La Mancha was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote and is one of musical theatre’s most enduring works. A play within a play, the show takes place in a Seville prison where Cervantes and his fellow prisoners act out the story of Don Quixote while they await a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Adding an additional layer of depth, the play in which they perform is a defense while on trial within the prison, which was set up by his fellow prisoners to obtain a manuscript—consequently the manuscript of Don Quixote.
Company has replaced the previously scheduled Carousel as the Master Series’ second installment. The musical conceptualizes the struggle of a bachelor named Bobby to commit fully to a steady relationship. Taking place around his thirty-fifth birthday, the series of vignettes tells the story of his connection to his married friends and his three girlfriends. One of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships, Company was nominated for 14 Tony Awards and the recipient of six, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Director. The first collaborative effort between musical theater legends Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince, Company first opened in 1970 and has been an international success ever since.
- Performances are held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees will run Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- All tickets are $35, with discounted group rates for 20 or more guests and student tickets for $10.
- For more information, call the box office at 561-514-4042 or visit palmbeachdramaworks.org.