Brent Spiner to Dream the Impossible Dream?
Brent Spiner, of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame, wants to bring the classic musical Man of La Mancha back to the New York or London stage, he said in an interview with The Cinema Source’s Dan Deevy. There is, however, a slight problem:
“Mitch Leigh (composer of Man of La Mancha) owns the rights, and he won’t give them to me because he doesn’t know who I am,” Spiner said with a laugh. “I keep trying to convince him there are other people who do, but he, so far, doesn’t believe me.” Spiner portrayed the iconic role of Miguel Cervantes/Don Quixote in a 2009 Reprise production of Man of La Mancha in Los Angeles, which ignited his desire to bring the show to a larger audience.
Though most famous for his Star Trek role, Spiner is an accomplished thespian with six Broadway credits to his name. Most recently, he appeared on the Great White Way in Circle in the Square’s 2003 production of Life (x) 3, also starring Helen Hunt, Linda Emond, and John Turturro. He was also nominated for a 1998 Drama Desk Award for his role of John Adams in the 1998 revival of 1776. Other Broadway credits include the musicals Big River and Sunday in the Park With George.
Spiner has high praise for incoming British hit musical Matilda, slated to arrive on Broadway this season. Directed by his Life (x) 3 director Matthew Warchus, Spiner says that Matilda is a “fantastic show, the whole family’s gonna go and it’s going to run for years, I promise.”
Here’s hoping someone slips Mitch Leigh a copy of the entire 178 episode run of TNG and its four subsequent major motion pictures so he can discover that Mr. Spiner is in fact famous enough to trust with his material on Broadway.