One of Cumberland County Playhouse’s most popular leading ladies, Nicole Bégué Hackmann, will star as Aldonza opposite Jason Ross’s Don Quixote for six performances of the musical drama Man of La Mancha, which is co-sponsored by Cumberland County Bank and Dr. Anthony Wilson, MD, and runs through Sept. 27.
Currently starring as Anna in the The King and I, Hackmann is known for her performances as Eliza in My Fair Lady, Christine in Phantom, Fantine in Les Misérables, Laurie in Oklahoma and many more. Dates for her shows are Aug. 21 and 31 and Sept. 8, 14, 15 and 25. Please call the box office at 484-5000 for reservations and more information.
“The depth and strength of the Playhouse resident company allows audiences the opportunity to see roles portrayed by different actors over the course of a show’s run,” said CCP Producer Jim Crabtree in announcing Hackmann’s upcoming performances. “Lauren Marshall is a stunning Aldonza, but out-of-town commitments have necessitated a temporary replacement, and Nicole is ready to treat Playhouse audiences to her own unique interpretation of the role.”
Both singers possess powerful voices and the extraordinary range necessary for the actor portraying the earthy kitchen wench Aldonza, whom Quixote imagines to be his “Lady Dulcinea” and for whom he takes on his mad, impassioned quest expressed in "The Impossible Dream," the show’s most famous song.
CCP’s recent Tennessee premiere of Les Misérables featured four pairs of actors who alternated in key roles: Britt Hancock and Jason Ross shared the roles of Javert and Thenardier, while Marshall alternated with Cumberland County teacher and CCP actor Angela Robbins as Mme. Thenardier. Resident choreographer Leila Nelson, who shared the role of Eponine with Anna Baker (Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, 9 to 5) also appeared as Fantine for two performances.
“We hope audiences enjoy these different interpretations as much as we enjoy presenting them,” added Hancock, who is currently in rehearsal with Hackmann as she prepares for her performances as Aldonza. “It keeps our shows fresh and our actors on their toes… and it gives our audiences a unique opportunity.” Audience members seem to agree, since many saw Les Misérables with several different cast combinations. Also onstage at the Playhouse are Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, rated PG, sponsored by Stonehaus Winery through Oct. 19; and The King and I, rated G, sponsored by Holiday Inn Express/Comfort Suites/Hampton Inn through Aug. 30. To Kill a Mockingbird, rated PG, and sponsored by Kenneth and Carol Ann Chadwell/Looney, Looney & Chadwell, PLLC, plays on the Mainstage Sept. 6 through Nov. 3.
All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.