The musical, directed by Brian Pfaltzgraff, associate professor of music, will begin at 7:30 p.m. both nights in Neumann Auditorium. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for those 18 and younger and free for Wartburg students with an ID.
The musical, set in the late 16th century, follows Miguel de Cervantes, who has been thrown into a dungeon by the Spanish Inquisition. Cervantes is attacked by his fellow prisoners, who wish to steal his trunk. To save his belongings, including an unfinished manuscript of his novel about Don Quixote, Cervantes must convince a “court” of his fellow prisoners of his innocence. His defense if offered in the form of a play, which he recruits the prisoners to help him perform.
“We are excited to offer this production to the community. It’s a way to bring a Broadway favorite back to life and feature some of the best talent the college has to offer,” Pfaltzgraff said.
Brian Stinar, a 1994 Wartburg graduate, will stage direct the show, and Ethan VanderWoude, a 2018 graduate, will make a cameo.
The original Broadway production ran for more than 2,300 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
“Full of beautiful songs like ‘The Impossible Dream,’ the composer nevertheless challenges stereotypes and preconceptions in songs like ‘To Each His Dulcinea’ and gives a voice to despair in ‘Aldonza,’” Pfaltzgraff said. “Our outstanding cast of Wartburg students is providing meaningful and compelling performances.”
Tickets are available at www.wartburg.edu/musical/ or at the door. All tickets are general admission. Doors will open at 7 p.m.