MAN OF LA MANCHA

by Dale Wasserman
music by Mitch Leigh
lyrics by Joe Darion
mainstage theater
DEC 1-24/2017

MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Dale Wasserman
music by Mitch Leigh    lyrics by Joe Darion
original production staged by Albert Marre
originally produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James
directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman
music direction by David Reiffel     movement direction by Judith Chaffee

An energetic revival of the Tony-award winning musical, Man of La Mancha features Boston-area favorite Maurice Emmanuel Parent (The Gift Horse, Ragtime, Cabaret) as the eponymous knight errant, Don Quixote, on his quest to dream the impossible dream. Journey along with us and experience this classic musical adventure this holiday season.

 

Running Time: 2 hours, plus 15-minute intermission

 

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Stefan Barner*

Prisoner (Father Pérez)

Stefan Barner*

Prisoner (Father Pérez)

STEFAN BARNER*  makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Previous credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Odyssey Opera); Gianni Schicchi (Salt Marsh Opera); and The Merry Widow (Worcester Schubertiade). Mr. Barner has performed with a number of opera companies across the United States and abroad including Nashville Opera, Tulsa Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Columbus, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Monadnock Music Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Notable international performances include a return to the Glimmerglass Festival in 2012 in Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man performing at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. Mr. Barner made his international debut in 2009 singing B. F. Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy. Mr. Barner received his undergraduate degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and his masters from the University of Tennessee. Originally from Iowa, he currently resides in Jamaica Plain.

Shonna Cirone*

Prisoner (María, the innkeeper’s wife)

Shonna Cirone*

Prisoner (María, the innkeeper’s wife)

SHONNA CIRONE* returns to New Repertory Theatre after appearing in Camelot. Additional credits include Shrek (Wheelock Family Theatre); Creative License (NYC Fringe); Sweeney Todd (Lyric Stage Company); Me and My Girl (IRNE nomination) and Bye, Bye Birdie (IRNE nomination, Reagle Music Theatre); Carrie (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Barmum, Company, and A New Brain (Moonbox Productions); Showboat and Ragtime (IRNE Award, Fiddlehead Theatre); The Full Monty (Greater Boston Stage Company); The Last Five Years and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (T&F Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theater); Into the Woods (Salem Summer Theatre); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Arts After Hours); and Candide (Huntington Theatre Company). Shonna is a distance runner and group fitness instructor.

Christina English

Prisoner (Luisa, Quijana’s housekeeper

Christina English

Prisoner (Luisa, Quijana’s housekeeper

CHRISTINA ENGLISH makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Odyssey Opera); Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, On the Town, and The Mikado (Lyric Stage Company). Other credits include work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Baroque, Boston Midsummer Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Guerilla Opera, and Boston Opera Collaborative. In addition, she is a core member of Lorelei Ensemble, a nationally recognized women’s vocal ensemble based in Boston. Upcoming engagements include Midwest and Northeast tours with Lorelei Ensemble and the premiere of THE_OPER&, a new opera to be developed and performed at Duke University in March 2018. Originally from San Jose, CA, Christina currently resides in Jamaica Plain.

Ute Gfrerer

Prisoner (Aldonza)

Ute Gfrerer

Prisoner (Aldonza)

Having given her Amercian Theater debut with Virginia Opera in a production of the “Seven Deadly Sins” last season, Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer is considered to be one of the best interpreters of Kurt Weill’s music.  She has sung and recorded many of his works, including The Threepenny OperaOne Touch of Venus, Lady in the DarkMarie Galante and The Seven Deadly Sins.

After studying voice and acting in Los Angeles she became a successful international soloist for the past three decades. Her career brought her to major musical centers around the world , including the Zurich Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, the Barbican Hall in London, the NHK Hall in Tokio, the Teatro National in Guatemala City, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Herkulessaal in Munich, working under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser-Moest, HK Gruber and Thomas Hengelbrock, to name just a few.

The artist’s extensive repertory ranges from opera (Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni) to operetta (Adele in Die Fledermaus and Valencienne in The Merry Widow) musicals (Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady) as well as chansons and lieder. Ute Gfrerer is also know for her solo shows and cabaret programs where she channels stars like Marlene Dietrich or Edith Piaf.  For more info please visit her website under www.ute-gfrerer.com

Brandon Grimes*

Prisoner (Paco), Monk

Brandon Grimes*

Prisoner (Paco), Monk

BRANDON GRIMES*  makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Credits include the national tours of Jekyll and Hyde and All is Calm (Touring Theatre Associates); Hamlet (Colonial Theatre); Pirates of Penzance (Ordway Center); 1776 (Cape Playhouse); Company (Texas Repertory); Sweeney Todd (NextDOOR); and two seasons with the College Light Opera. Off-Broadway work includes Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry (HB Studios); two seasons with the Network Theatre Company; Your Name on My Lips (Theatre for the New City); and the West Village MT Festival. Film credits include Strapped for Danger (Scorpio Film Releasing). Originally from Milton, MA, Brandon is a graduate of University of Houston and University of Michigan. brandongrimes.net

Nile Hawver*

Prisoner (Pedro); Lead guitar

Nile Hawver*

Prisoner (Pedro); Lead guitar

NILE HAWVER*  makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Boston credits include Edward II (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Carmen and Greek (Boston Lyric Opera); Violet and Mothers and Sons (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); The Edge of Peace (Central Square Theater), Etherdome (Huntington Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); and many more. Regional credits include work with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Ocean State Theatre Company. Nile received his BFA in acting from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Born in Connecticut and raised in Rhode Island, Nile currently resides in Somerville. Upcoming projects include The Irish and How They Got That Way (Greater Boston Stage Company).

Ricardo D. Holguín

Prisoner (José); Guitar

Ricardo D. Holguín

Prisoner (José); Guitar

RICARDO D. HOLGUIN returns to New Repertory Theatre after appearing in Fiddler on the Roof. Credits include AssassinsThe Light in the Piazza, and HAIR (The Boston Conservatory); Altar Boyz (Greater Boston Stage Company); Shrek the Musical, The Who’s Tommy, and Cinderella (Laredo Theater Guild International); The Wild Party (IRNE nominee, Moonbox Productions); Guys and Dolls (Reagle Music Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Mssng Lnks); and RENT and Cabaret (LITE Productions). He holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Upcoming projects include West Side Story (Laredo Theatre Guild International).

Paul James Lang*

Prisoner (Barber), Captain of the Inquisition; Trumpet

Paul James Lang*

Prisoner (Barber), Captain of the Inquisition; Trumpet

PAUL JAMES LANG* makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent Boston area credits include Carnival! (Gloucester Stage Company). New York credits include Leave it to Jane (Musicals Tonight/Theatre Row); and Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks USA). Paul is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Originally from Mystic, CT, Paul most recently lived in New York City for the last five years, but now resides in Boston.

Michael Levesque

Secretary (Sancho Panza); Guitar, ukelele

Michael Levesque

Secretary (Sancho Panza); Guitar, ukelele

MICHAEL LEVESQUE makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Regional credits include Altar Boyz (Greater Boston Stage Company); Next to Normal, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Far From Heaven (SpeakEasy Stage Company); City of Angels (Lyric Stage Company); and Creative License (Boston and NYC premieres, via FringeNYC). Michael received a BS in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University.”SHMILY.”

Cristhian Mancinas-García

Prisoner (Juan)

Cristhian Mancinas-García

Prisoner (Juan)

CRISTHIAN MANCINAS-GARCÍA  makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Favorite credits include Evita (Regatta Players); Rock of Ages (Marblehead Little Theatre); Melancholy Play (The Umbrella); The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions); and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (The Wellesley Players). Cristhian was born and raised in Durango, Mexico and currently resides in Allston. Upcoming projects include Romeo and Juliet (The Underlings Theatre Co.). cristhianmancinas.com

Davron S. Monroe*

Prisoner “Duke” (Simón Carrasco/Knight of Mirrors)

Davron S. Monroe*

Prisoner “Duke” (Simón Carrasco/Knight of Mirrors)

DAVRON S. MONROE*  makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent credits include The Little Mermaid (The Company Theatre); Camelot, Company, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Lyric Stage Company); The Wild Party and Godspell (Moonbox Productions); and Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre). Other credits include soloist with Boston’s Landmarks Orchestra and American songbook POPS soloist with South Florida Symphony. Davron is a Bob Jolly Award recipient. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, he currently resides in Malden.

Maurice Emmanuel Parent*

Cervantes (Alonso Quijana “Don Quixote”)

Maurice Emmanuel Parent*

Cervantes (Alonso Quijana “Don Quixote”)

MAURICE EMMANUEL PARENT* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in The Gift Horse, The Snow QueenCamelotRent, Passing Strange, Cabaret, The Wild Party, and Ragtime. Most recently he played the title character in Edward II with Actors’ Shakespeare Project where he is a resident acting company member. Other credits include work with SpeakEasy Stage Company, Off the Grid Theatre, Underground Railway Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Boston Theatre Works, Huntington Theatre Company, Cape Playhouse, and Barrington Stage. He has received the Elliot Norton Award (2008 and 2017), IRNE Award (2015, 2016 and 2017) and an ArtsImpulse Award (2017). Maurice, a resident of Roxbury, is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University and Tufts University. He is the co-founder of The Front Porch Arts Collective (frontporcharts.org); mauriceparent.com

Ivy Ryan

Prisoner (Antonia, Quijana’s niece)

Ivy Ryan

Prisoner (Antonia, Quijana’s niece)

IVY RYAN returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Fiddler on the Roof, New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company touring productions of The Scarlet Letter and Romeo and Juliet, and the Next Voices readings of Rabbit Hunting at Dawn and Jesus Girls. Her recent Boston credits include Sorry Ass Block Party, and Why We Have Winter (Fresh Ink Theatre); a workshop of Dark Room (Bridge Repertory Theatre); a workshop of Move Your Face (Boston Theater Company); Social Glue (Boston Theater Marathon XIX); and Eggs (Theater on Fire). Ms. Ryan received a BFA in Acting from Boston University and a diploma in Classical Acting from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Ivy is the 2017-2018 Education Apprentice at the Huntington Theatre Company. Originally from Mill Valley, CA, she currently lives in Cambridge. Upcoming projects include Nomad Americana (Fresh Ink Theatre). ivyryan.com

Nicole vander Laan

Prisoner (Tenorio), Monk; Guitar

Nicole vander Laan

Prisoner (Tenorio), Monk; Guitar

NICOLE VANDER LAAN returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in The Snow Queen. She most recently performed at Sturbridge Village with Big River (Brian Clowdus Experiences).  Other recent credits include works with Boston Lyric Opera, Reagle Music Theatre, Bad Habit Productions, NextDoor Theater, Woodland Theater Company, and Salem Theatre Company. Nicole is a multi-talented performer, working in the Boston area as an actor, musician, stage manager, and teacher. In addition to her production credits, she performs various education and entertainment programs for Kids Party Productions, Sciencetellers, Big Smile Entertainment, History at Play, and The Murder Mystery Company. Nicole received a BA in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Theater Arts from Gordon College.  Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, she currently resides in Somerville.

Todd Yard

Prisoner “Governor” (Manuel, the innkeeper)

Todd Yard

Prisoner “Governor” (Manuel, the innkeeper)

TODD YARD makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent credits include Next to Normal (Boston Theater Dance Company); Gypsy and Company (Lyric Stage Company); Showboat and Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre); and The Wild Party and Barnum (Moonbox Productions). Todd is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and currently resides in Grafton.

Creative Team
Antonio Ocampo-Guzman, Director
Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

Director

ANTONIO OCAMPO-GUZMAN returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing Masterclass, ‘Art’, and Frankie & Johnnie in the Clair de Lune. Most recently he staged L’Elisir d’amore for Boston Midsummer Opera, where he has also directed Il Campanello, L’amico Fritz, The Bartered Bride, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. As an actor, he trained with Teatro Libre in his native Bogotá, Colombia, and with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. He received an MFA in Directing, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Voice, from York University, Toronto and has directed over 50 productions in several countries. In the Boston area, he has worked with New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Nora Theatre, among others. He is a Designated Linklater Master Voice Teacher and is the author of La Liberación de la Voz Natural: El Método Linklater (UNAM, 2010). Next summer, Antonio will direct Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Boston Midsummer Opera. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Northeastern University, where he teaches all levels of acting, improv, and voice, and resides in Jamaica Plain.

David Reiffel, Music Director
David Reiffel

Music Director

DAVID REIFFEL  returns to New Repertory Theatre after creating music and sound for Blackberry Winter, The Elephant Man, Master Class, Marry Me a Little, Chesapeake (IRNE Nominee), and Collected Stories, among others. Recent Boston area credits include Hamlet, Blood Wedding, A Beautiful Day In November…, and Stupid F***ing Bird (Apollinaire Theater Company); A Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theatre, IRNE Nominee); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, and Middletown (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Bridges of Madison County, Dogfight, Big Fish, Carrie, and The Color Purple (SpeakEasy Stage); Doubt, and I Capture the Castle (Greater Boston Stage Company); The Rainmaker, Man in Snow, and Gloucester Blue (Gloucester Stage, LaMama); and The Rag Doll (Blue Spruce, IRNE Nominee, Best New Play). Recent national credits include Shakespeare in Love (US national premiere); Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); and Cymbeline (Shakespeare & Co.). Upcoming projects include the Boston premiere of Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage Company) and The Cradle Will Rock (Boston Conservatory at Berklee). Listen at soundcloud.com/davidreiffel

Connor Berkompas, Assistant Director
Connor Berkompas

Assistant Director

Bio coming soon!

Judith Chaffee*, Movement Director
Judith Chaffee*

Movement Director

JUDITH CHAFFEE* returns to New Repertory Theatre, having previously acted in Good and choreographed Assassins. She appeared in Good at Boston Center for American Performance and again for the Potomac Theatre Project in NYC. Other credits include An American Dream (Colorado Arts Festival); Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, House of Bernarda Alba, and Agnes of God (Boston University), and had a recent film role in The Inhabitants. She has two CDs on Period Styles through Insight Media, and co-edited, with Olly Crick, The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte. She is Associate Professor Emerita at Boston University, where she was awarded the 2011 Metcalf Cup and Prize for Teaching, and was head of movement for theatre and opera before retiring in 2015.

Eric Levensonº, Scenic Designer
Eric Levensonº

Scenic Designer

ERIC LEVENSON returns to the New Repertory Theatre after most recently designing Speed-the-Plow and Passing Strange. He designed sets and/or lights for sixteen New Rep shows before the company moved to Watertown and was the New Rep staff photographer for a decade. His recent scenic designs include Dames at Sea (Greater Boston Stage Company); The Rainmaker (Gloucester Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and numerous shows for SpeakEasy Stage Company, including Scottsboro BoysVioletSome MenBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and BlackBird. Upcoming projects include scenic and lighting design for Every Brilliant Thing and scenic design for Allegiance (SpeakEasy Stage Company); and scenic design for Hair (Northeastern University). Eric enjoyed incorporating franquismo elements in the Man of La Mancha design. His father fought in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, in recognition of which the participants were made honorary Spanish citizens in 1995.

Frances Nelson McSherryº, Costume Designer
Frances Nelson McSherryº

Costume Designer

FRANCES NELSON MCSHERRY returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing costumes for The Snow Queen, Cabaret, Eurydice, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wild Party, The Pillowman, Romeo and Juliet, Sweeney Todd, The Threepenny Opera and many more. She previously designed the costumes for the world premiere of The Snow Queen at San Jose Rep and for its New York premiere as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. She has previously designed costumes for the New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Gloucester Stage Company, and Greater Boston Stage Company. Ms. McSherry currently teaches theatre design and fashion history at Northeastern University.

Anna Jekel, Costume Assistant
Anna Jekel

Costume Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Jeff Adelbergº, Lighting Designer
Jeff Adelbergº

Lighting Designer

JEFF ADELBERG  returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Regular Singing, Speed-The-Plow, A House With No Walls, and Orson’s Shadow. Other recent work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Hand to God, and Dogfight (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Rhinoceros (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Beckett Women: Ceremonies of Departure (Poets’ Theatre at the MAC Belfast, Northern Ireland); Edward II, and God’s Ear (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Constellations, When January Feels Like Summer, and mr. g (Underground Railway Theater); She Loves Me, Altar Boyz, and Mame (Greater Boston Stage Company); Finish Line (Boston Theatre Company); The Importance of Being Earnest, Arcadia, and The Children’s Hour (The Gamm Theatre); and Boston’s Christmas Revels since 2010. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mr. Adelberg teaches at Boston College and Brandeis University. jeffadelberg.com

Jaclyn Fulton*, Production Stage Manager
Jaclyn Fulton*

Production Stage Manager

JACLYN FULTON* returns to New Repertory Theatre after serving as Rehearsal Stage Manager on Thurgood and Stage Manager for Good. Local credits include work with Boston Ballet, Boston Midsummer Opera, Harvard University Dance, and others. Regional credits include productions with Sarasota Opera, Opera Southwest, Indiana University Opera & Ballet Theatre, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Upcoming projects for next year include Carmen and Norma (Sarasota Opera), and Falstaff (Opera Colorado). Jaclyn is a proud graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre where she received the Sidney Friedman Prize. Originally from Tewksbury, MA, she currently resides in Jamaica Plain.

Becca Freifeld*, Assistant Stage Manager
Becca Freifeld*

Assistant Stage Manager

BECCA FREIFELD*  returns to New Repertory Theatre after serving as Performance Stage Manager on Thurgood, Assistant Stage Manager on Fiddler on the Roof and Good, and Production Assistant on Freud’s Last Session, The Testament of Mary, The Snow Queen, A Number, Broken Glass, Scenes From an Adultery, The King of Second Avenue, and Closer Than Ever. Other area stage management credits include Barbecue (Lyric Stage Company); Shoes On, Shoes Off (Brandeis Department of Theater Arts); Romeo & Juliet and Evil Dead: the Musical (Arts After Hours); Hamlet (Wax Wings Productions); Bully Dance (Argos Productions); and Hamlet (Bay Colony Shakespeare Company). Upcoming: Assistant Stage Manager on New Repertory Theatre’s production of Man of La Mancha. Ms. Freifeld is a graduate of Brandeis University, and currently resides in Newtonville.

* member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
◊ member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829

News

Press Release: Man of La Mancha

An In-Depth Look at MAN OF LA MANCHA

Talkbacks

Sunday 12/10, 2pm
Sunday 12/17, 2pm
Thursday 12/14, 2pm

Adapting Don Quixote

Dale Wasserman’s Quest

How does one set out to adapt one of the most widely-read and highly-regarded classics of Western literature? Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, published in two parts between 1605 and 1615, is regarded as the first modern novel, and its author is frequently ranked alongside his contemporary William Shakespeare as one of the greatest writers in history.
Below is an excerpt from a 1997 interview with the show’s book writer, Dale Wasserman.
What attracted you about the figure of Don Quixote?
It happened by pure accident, actually. I was in Spain writing a movie when I read in a newspaper that I was there for the purpose of researching a dramatization of Don Quixote. That was a laughing matter because, like most people on earth, I had not read Don Quixote, but Spain seemed just the right place to repair that omission. So I waded into the novel and came out on the other side of a half-million words convinced that it could not be dramatized.
And why was that?
It’s simply that it covers too great a spectrum of possibilities. One could take a section of it, perhaps, but it’s a protean work. It is all things to all people and I thought it is a little like trying to pour a lake into a bucket. It’s simply too massive to compress.
And how did you proceed at that point?
I got interested in its author, Miguel de Cervantes. I ran across one fact which immediately attracted me and set up a possible affinity. That is, he was first and preeminently a man of the theater—he was a playwright, he was an actor, he was a man who went on the road with his shabby little performing troupe. He wrote thirty to forty plays, perhaps more, none of which were considered to be very good. But, in his love for the theater, his passion for it actually, he never really wavered. And this is what gave me the idea—write a play about Miguel de Cervantes, and blend or cross-fertilize his creation, Don Quixote with his own personality, his own life. Just possibly, then, one could have something approaching a dramatization.

The Impossible Dream

And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To fight the unbeatable foe, to reach the unreachable star!
Even if you’ve never seen Man of La Mancha, you’ve probably heard the song The Impossible Dream.
Recorded on the original Broadway cast album by Richard Kiley, the song has since been covered by countless artists, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Cher. Screen legend Christopher Lee even recorded a heavy metal version for his 2014 album Metal Knight!
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The 1967 Red Sox

The song also holds a special meaning in Boston, thanks to its association with the 1967 Red Sox.

Having not played in a World Series since 1946, and having finished in second-to-last place the year before, the Red Sox’ historic journey to the American League pennant was dubbed The Impossible Dream by the Boston Globe, and the track was adopted as a theme song by both the team and its fans. Although the team ultimately lost to the Cardinals, the excitement built over that season reinvigorated Boston’s relationship with baseball.

“There’s never been anything like it,” sports photographer Frank O’Brien told The Boston Globe this year, in a feature commemorating the Impossible Dream season’s 50th anniversary. “Absolutely the most important year in the history of the Boston Red Sox.”