Man Of La Mancha : Work information

Composers
Mitch Leigh ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Kim Criswell (Soprano), National Symphony Orchestra, John Owen Edwards (Conductor)

This work

Work name
Man Of La Mancha
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This recording

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JAY Records
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The Composers

Mitch Leigh

Track listing

  • What does he want of me? 2:25 min

Notes

Man of La Mancha is a musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. It tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.

The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,329 performances and won five Tony Awards and has been revived numerous times, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre. The song, "The Impossible Dream", became a standard, and the musical is a popular choice for community theatre companies.