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Man of La Mancha [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

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>Leigh, Mitch : Man of la Mancha, musical

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>Leigh, Mitch : Man of la Mancha, musical
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Cast includes: Richard Kiley, Irving Jacobon, Ray Middleton, Robert Rounseville, Joan Diener.

MAN OF LA MANCHA is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program and multimedia computer files.

Includes liner notes by George C. Konder.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Music by Mitch Leigh. Lyrics by Joe Darion.

Music composed by Mitch Leigh. Lyrics written by Joe Darion.

Principal cast includes: Richard Kiley (Cervantes/Don Quixote); Irving Jacobson (Sancho Panza); Joan Diener (Aldonza); Robert Rounseville (The Padre); Mimi Turque (Antonia); Harry Theyard (Muleteer).

Producer: Michael Kapp.

Reissue producer: Brian Drutman.

Recorded on December 6, 1965. Original released on Kapp (5505). Includes liner notes by Denny Martin Flinn & Dale Wasserman.

Digitally remastered by Greg Calbi (December 2000).

Recording information: Right Track Recording Studio A509, New York City (11/14/2002).

Librettist Dale Wasserman's Man of La Mancha, based on Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quixote, with songs by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion, was the surprise hit of the 1965-1966 Broadway theater season. A low-budget show with a whimsical theme concerning an old man who imagines himself to be a knight, it caught the '60s Zeitgeist of idealism in the face of society-rending conflict. "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)," which became a number one easy listening hit for Jack Jones and was recorded by many others, was an anthem for the times that inspired hope where no hope could possibly be justified -- indeed, that was the point. Leigh committed a deliberate anachronism by infusing his score with flamenco elements, but his dependence on acoustic guitars, along with the show's naïve tone, also echoed the currently popular trend for socially conscious folk music. While "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" was an overpowering hit, the entire score was effective, from the stirring "Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)" to the lyrical "Dulcinea" and the comic "I Really Like Him." Richard Kiley brought a powerful voice and an absolute commitment to the title role, and he was supported by strong theater veterans like Ray Middleton and Robert Rounseville. The work needed to be performed with as much conviction as possible to keep it from its real tendency toward sentimentality, and the cast managed this. The result was five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor, and Best Score, and what at the time was the fourth longest run for a Broadway musical in history. This gold-selling cast album remained in the charts more than three years. ~ William Ruhlmann


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>Leigh, Mitch : Man of la Mancha, musical
  • Performers: Stephen Bogardus (Voice); Brian Mitchell (Baritone); Don Mayo (Voice); Olga Merediz (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robert Billig
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern