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Actor Fulfills Wish in ‘La Mancha’

 The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Brian Stokes Mitchell was 17, he sang in the chorus of “Man of La Mancha” at a dinner theater in San Diego. He looked at the man playing the part of Don Quixote and thought to himself, “One day, I’d like to play that role.”

On Wednesday night, Mitchell fulfills his wish when he opens a revival of the show starring as Don Quixote.

“I’ve always loved the show and always loved the music,” he said in a recent interview. The show is a lot of work because of the range of emotions his character experiences.

“You go through every emotion and it just calls up everything that you can possibly muster to make it work,” Mitchell said.

“Man of La Mancha” won the Tony for best musical in 1966 and ran for nearly six years on Broadway. After playing in Washington for five weeks, the revival will move to Broadway. Mitchell co-stars with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ernie Sabella.

Now that Mitchell has had his wish, he said he’s eager to put his stamp on the show’s popular song “The Impossible Dream.”

“It’s one of the most famous songs in the world, but I also want to make it my own now,” he said.

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