EMAV Review: SST’s ‘Man of La Mancha’ dares to dream big

★★★★☆ - Delicious

The original cast recording album of the 1965 Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha,” with its bright yellow cover illustrated by Al Hirschfeld with his funny caricatures, got a lot of play in our house when I was a kid. Since it’s currently being produced at Spring Mountain Ranch for Super Summer Theatre, you might wonder how well the show, written by Dale Wasserman with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, has held up through the years.

P.S. Production’s presentation of “Man of La Mancha” does not disappoint. With Director Joe Hynes at the helm the show gets a traditional and tasteful treatment. The look is organic, the music is gorgeous, and the performances are uniformly good. It may be a bit dated and a tad dark but the songs are the timeless type that keep you humming for days.

Inspired by 17th century Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes’ farcical novel “Don Quixote,” the show centers on Cervantes himself as a writer/actor/tax collector thrown into prison with his sidekick Sancho for foreclosing on a church during the Spanish Inquisition. Forced to defend himself in front of a jury of fellow prisoners he tells his story by putting on a show, with other prisoners playing the various characters in the tale. And so his protagonist the wannabe Knight-errant Don Quixote, who has gone madfrom reading too many books about chivalry, sets