Man of La Mancha – Barn Theater, MI

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Newman effectively creates the dual characters of Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote…climaxing with a dynamite “The Quest, The Impossible Dream” in Act Two, evoking a deserved mid-show standing ovation.

-C.J. Gianakaris, Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette


It took only a brief moment for Newman to replace Josh Lewis with Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote. Bridging the gap between television and theater, he delivered a solidly sensitive performance and, as required for the Don, aged rapidly and believably within minutes, sustaining the illusion through comic episodes and dark dramatic moments. And his rendition of “The Impossible Dream” was quite worthy of the extended applause it received.

Marcia Fulmer, MarciaMarciaMarcia.net


Robert Newman, an Augusta Barn veteran and star of the soap opera Guiding Light for 28 years, moves easily between Cervantes and Don Quixote, transforming in age and looks before the eyes of the prisoners who have him on trial. In both roles he is the idealist who argues that it is better to see things as they should be than to see them as they are.  Newman also brings a strong voice to such numbers as Man of La Mancha and The Quest/The Impossible Dream.

Bridgette M. Redman  Encore Michigan