Musical Man of La Mancha to star Kelsey Grammer at London Coliseum
The musical, written by Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman, is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th century novel Don Quixote. It sees Cervantes recite the story of Don Quixote to a group of fellow prisoners awaiting a hearing from the Spanish Inquisition. It features songs like “The Impossible Dream”, which has become a standard in the American songbook.
The musical will star Kelsey Grammer, best-known for playing Frasier in the long-running US sitcom Cheers and his character’s subsequent spin-off series, and Australian soprano Danielle De Niese.
Grammer made his London stage debut last year in The Other Palace’s production of Big Fish. He first starred in a Broadway musical when he took on the role of Georges in a revival of La Cage aux Folles, and went on to be nominated for a Tony Award. He then originated the roles of Charles Frohman and Captain Hook in Finding Neverland on Broadway.
Danielle De Niese’s career began aged nine, when she won the TV competition Young Talent Time in her native Australia. In 2005, she starred as Cleopatra in a production of Guilio Cesare at Glyndebourne to widespread acclaim, and she has performed in operas across the globe.
The production will be directed by Lonny Price, whose recent directional credits include the West End production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, and Sunset Boulevard, also at the Coliseum.
Man of La Mancha tickets are available now.