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MAN OF LA MANCHA

At center is a spellbinding performance by Ronald L. Brown as an initially terrified Cervantes tossed in prison to await trieal by the Inquisition in 16th century Spain.
Mr. Brown makes a wondrous physical transformation to the errant knight, embodying a confident eccentricity in every movement.  His rendition of ‘The Quest/The Impossible Dream’ is as moving as if the song were heard for the first time.”
—Yorktown Heights Weekend


“Above all else, this show calls for a strong male lead - a singing actor who can convincingly portray the dotty Don and also carry the part vocally.  In Ronald Brown we have the ideal man for the role.  His rich baritone rolled out effortlessly in the great hit song ‘The Impossible Dream.’  He captured the heart as well, with his gentle portrayal of the affable but vulnerable hero.
Iowa City Press-Citizen


Ronald Brown is able to capture the endearing qualities of the character, and it doesn’t hurt that his singing voice is exceptional.  His powerful and stirring renditions of ‘Man of La Mancha’ and ‘Impossible Dream’ were certainly highlights.  It was clear to those attending that Mr. Brown would be more than up to the challenge of taking the role to Broadway or beyond.
New Bedford News


“Ronald L. Brown stole the show as Cervantes/Quixote.  Here is a fine dramatic actor with a great voice.  The audience showed its appreciation for his talents.”
Albuquerque Journal


“... Not only did he possess a powerful voice, but Brown was able time and again to transfix the audience, whether in his quiet, commented declamation of the values in which he believed or through the indomitable heroic quality he brought to ‘I, Don Quixote.’  His transformation in the death scene, making one last valiant effort to realize his impossible dream, will be in my mind for months to come.”
Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette


“Dale Wasserman’s book’s central requirement is an actor capable of successfully completing rapid changes between two characters throughout the 2 1/2-hour show.  Ronald L. Brown answered this challenge.  Although a lesser actor could have become lost with one foot on terra firma and one in Quixote’s land of windmills, Brown was in control in both realms and delivered a compelling performance, both physically and vocally.
Anchorage Daily News


“After listening to Ronald Brown’s moving rendition of ‘The Quest’ (The Impossible Dream), it hardly seems possible any star could be out of the actor’s reach.  Brown is perfect as Quixote; his wistful looks, compelling.
North County News (NY)


“... for those not fortunate to have seen the original:  you couldn’t come any closer than this.  Brown was stunning in his dual-character performance.  Members of the audience turned and stared at each other when Brown sang the opening song, ‘I, Don Quixote.’  His powerful voice, accompanied by a most capable orchestra, was the first sign that this was no average cast.  Brown portrayed Quixote with his head at a slightly cocked angle and face lost in dreamy perplexity.  So convincingly did he hold this expression that the audience happily went along with his benign madness.  Several people wiped away tears when Quixote died at the end of Cervantes’ tale.”
New London Day


Ronald L. Brown plays a passionate Cervantes/Quixote.  His operatic voice brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience when he sang ‘Dulcinea’ and ‘The Quest’ (The Impossible Dream).  Brown looked every part the madman when he assumed the role of Don Quixote.  Yet, in spite of his madness, he made it believable that unreachable stars could be reached.
Chattanooga Free Press


“... Brown gave such a powerful and sophisticated performance in the lead role that, like Quixote’s sidekick Sancho, I wanted to throw in the towel on reality and live in the inspired, thrilling, colorful world of this completely impractical knight.
... As Quixote, Brown’s gestures, voice, and particularly his eyes were infused with an intelligence, too, but of a quality quite rare in the modern world.  He gave Quixote moral grandeur.
... Brown caught it fully and consistently both in song and action.  Although there were many lovely performances in the production, Brown’s was truly a work of art.
Bangor Daily News


“... His forceful presentation of Cervantes’ academic declarations as well as Quixote’s delusional incantations were equalled by his powerful singing.  Did anyone not have goosebumps when he sang ‘The Impossible Dream’?”
Lake Charles American Press


“Thank goodness for Ron Brown, the talented lead who did double duty as the ill-fated story-teller Miguel de Cervantes and the mad, windmill-fighting Don Quixote de la Mancha.  Song after song, Brown’s strong, clear voice fought the poor acoustics and gave the audience what they wanted to hear.  His nice, easy transition between Cervantes and Quixote made it easy to follow the rather complicated story.

... The most overwhelming feelings, the ones the audience will remember weeks after ‘Man of La Mancha has left [the auditorium], have to rest with Brown, whose Quixote sounded more dazed and confused as the story wore on, yet his voice grew more powerful with each song.”
Evansville Courier


GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

“Ronald Brown was a good choice for Lorelei’s beau, Gus ‘Daddy’ Esmond.  His voice is as rich as the character he played and his dark good looks contrasted nicely with Loni Anderson’s blondness.  Unfortunately, Brown had little to sing after ‘Bye Bye, Baby,’ but he made the most of the material he had to work with.”
Akron Beacon Journal


ANNIE WARBUCKS

“Ronald L. Brown, who has played Daddy Warbucks in productions of the original show, glides through the role with a strong voice and a handsome presence.
Choice (Ft. Lauderdale)