Man of La Mancha starring Davis Gaines | Orlando Shakespeare Theater Man of La Mancha starring Davis Gaines | Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Man of La Mancha

September 6 - October 8, 2017 | Margeson Theater

Featuring Davis Gaines

With incredible songs that you know and love, you won’t want to miss Orlando Shakes’ next big musical.

Book by Dale Wasserman | Music by Mitch Leigh | Lyrics by Joe Darion

Inspired by one of the greatest novels in Western literature, Man of La Mancha tells the tale of the “mad knight” Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. Trapped inside the walls of a dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition, Don Quixote transforms his surroundings into a magical landscape of epic battles, majestic lords and ladies, and beautiful dreams.

The internationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning musical is a glorious affirmation of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the classic song “The Impossible Dream,” this timeless tale of love and adventure has inspired audiences for decades.

NEW! Grab great seats for our innovative Man of La Mancha staging.

Pre-sale ticket demand for Man of La Mancha has been incredible. To better accommodate growing audiences, Man of La Mancha will now appear in-the-round within the already intimate Margeson Theater. Click here to view the seating map for all Man of La Mancha performances.

Creative Team
Director: Nick DeGruccio***
Musical Director: Michael Raabe
Choreographer: Kim Ball
Scenic Design: Jim Hunter**
Lighting Design: Bert Scott**
Costume Designer: Denise R. Warner
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Sound Designer: Trevor Peters
Audio Engineer: Britt Sandusky
AEA Stage Manager: Laura Lockner*
AEA Assistant Stage Manager: Stacy Renee Norwood*


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
** Member of United Scenic Artists (USA)
*** Member Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC)



Meet the Cast

Davis Gaines*

Don Quixote/Cervantes

Laura Hodos*


Matt Zambrano*

Sancho Panza

E. Mani Cadet*


Patrick Oliver Jones*

Dr. Carrasco/Duke/Knight of Mirrors

Victor Souffrant


Alexander Mrazek*


Andrew Meidenbauer*


Alina Alcantara


Melanie Farber


Fredy Ruiz


Shonn McCloud*


Deirdre Manning


Isiah Columbus


Junior Nyong'o


Austin Larkin


Tyler Tanner


Joshua Parrott


Terrance Campbell



Additional casting to be announced at a later date.




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Critic and Audience Reviews

“In short, this ‘Man of La Mancha’ looks and sounds fantastic — and that goes beyond the technical effects.” Click here to read the full review.

“The cast of 19 actors work as a superb ensemble, and it’s hard not to be deeply moved when Don Quixote sings ‘The Impossible Dream’ at the end of Act I, or when the entire cast returns to it at the play’s closing. Life truly can be unforgiving and cruel, but it’s up to all of us to figure out just how far escapism can carry us along.” Click here to read the full review.

“You’re going to want to say you saw Davis Gaines do this part. Gaines—who grew up in Orlando, went on to Broadway success, and now lives in Los Angeles—will forever be linked to the title role of The Phantom of the Opera.” Click here to read the full review.

“Gaines not only has one of the best tenor voices in the business, but has such clear and eloquent diction, which serves him well, especially as he transitions from Cervantes to the madness of Alonso Quijana and Quixote.”