Don Quixote of la Mancha is known around the world. People talk about his battle against giants and windmills, his glorious quest, his eccentricity, but, more importantly, his love for Dulcinea. However, this knowledge comes not necessarily from Miguel de Cervantes, but from Don Quixote in the form of a play.
The Tony Award-winning production is emotive, funny, and poignant; its success is the result of being a transformation of Cervantes’s magnum opus and not merely an adaptation. When a story first exists in some medium, translating it into another type of speech is going to gain or lose some things.
Take a look at a clip from the 2015 RCT Musical Theater Production where Don Miguel de Cervantes turns a dungeon into his play space as he transforms into the famous Don Quixote de la Mancha.