Man of La Mancha (New Broadway Cast Recording)

Man of La Mancha (New Broadway Cast Recording)

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by Brian Stokes Mitchell
     
 

By necessity, any production of Man of La Mancha must depend on the strengths of its leading man. The 2002 Broadway production was therefore lucky indeed to have Brian Stokes Mitchell as its star. Portraying both the noble-hearted but self-deluding Don Quixote and the forthright author Cervantes, this Tony Award winner brings passion and thrilling vigor toSee more details below

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By necessity, any production of Man of La Mancha must depend on the strengths of its leading man. The 2002 Broadway production was therefore lucky indeed to have Brian Stokes Mitchell as its star. Portraying both the noble-hearted but self-deluding Don Quixote and the forthright author Cervantes, this Tony Award winner brings passion and thrilling vigor to these larger-than-life roles. One listen to the showstoppers that feature him -- “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” and, of course, “The Impossible Dream” -- will convince you that Stokes Mitchell was born to captain this rousing and affecting musical. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, though best known for her film roles, possesses a fine singing voice and does well by the role of Dulcinea; the third lead, Ernie Sabella (as Sancho Panza), also makes a memorable vocal impression. These able performers revel in the strengths of a 1965 score by composer Mitch Leigh and lyricist Joe Darion that has aged remarkably well, making this a cast recording to savor.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Man of la Mancha, a musical retelling of Cervantes' Don Quixote, was a work of its time that echoed the idealism of the 1960s during its first production, which veered back and forth between Broadway and off-Broadway houses from 1965 to 1971. It was also very much a star vehicle for Richard Kiley, who embodied the part of Don Quixote and sang "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" not only in the original production, but also in Broadway revivals in 1972 and 1977. Another revival was mounted in 1992 with Raul Julia, the reigning male star of Broadway at the time, but it lasted only 108 performances. A decade later, Broadway had a new king, Brian Stokes Mitchell, whose resumé included Ragtime and a celebrated revival of Kiss Me, Kate, and Mitchell was the prime mover behind another Man of la Mancha revival that opened to good reviews and box-office enthusiasm on December 5, 2002. The cast album reveals him to be a less authoritative Don Quixote than Kiley was but still very effective, leading a good supporting cast including Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ernie Sabella. Mitch Leigh's flamenco-influenced music remains appealing (and retains its air of American folk music), though the songs are still very similar to each other. Man of la Mancha is a show that is all heart, as the performers and the audience join together to suspend reality, both in the traditional theatrical manner and also within the story, while Don Quixote pursues his sweet insanity. That inherent theatricality and emotional appeal make Man of la Mancha virtually foolproof, as long as the show is played sincerely, and it is here. This cast album is no replacement for the original Broadway cast album, but it is impressive on its own terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2003
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0090266400720
catalogNumber:
64007

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Tracks

  1. Opening  - Brian Stokes Mitchell
  2. Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)  - Brian Stokes Mitchell
  3. It's All the Same
  4. Dulcinea  -  Muletiers
  5. I'm Only Thinking of Him  - Natascia Diaz
  6. We're Only Thinking of Him  - Natascia Diaz
  7. I Really Like Him
  8. What Does He Want of Me?
  9. Little Bird, Little Bird  -  Muletiers
  10. Barber's Song  - Jamie Torcellini
  11. Golden Helmet of Mambrino  - Jamie Torcellini
  12. To Each His Dulcinea (To Every Man His Dream)
  13. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)  - Brian Stokes Mitchell
  14. Knight of the Woeful Countenance  - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  15. Aldonza  - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  16. The Knight of the Mirrors  - Brian Stokes Mitchell
  17. I'm Only Thinking of Him (reprise)  -  Orchestra
  18. A Little Gossip
  19. Final Sequence: The Death of Alonso Quijana / Dulcinea (reprise) / The  - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  20. Finale  - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Stokes Mitchell   Primary Artist,Vocals,cast
Original Cast Recording   Indexed Contributor
Dean Bradley   cast
Dale Kirkland   Trombone
Randy Landau   Bass
Kathleen Nester   Flute
Douglas Purviance   Bass Trombone
Ernie Sabella   Vocals,cast
John Dent   Trumpet
Wayne duMaine   Trumpet
Lino Gomez   Clarinet
Frederick Owens   cast
Stephen Bogardus   Vocals,cast
Daniel Culpepper   French Horn
Blair Tindall   Oboe
Carlos López   cast
John Herrera   cast
Gregory Mitchell   Vocals,cast
Mark Jacoby   Vocals,cast
Don Mayo   Vocals,cast
Richard Montoya   cast
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio   Vocals,cast
Michelle Rios   cast
Dave Yee   Percussion
Steve Bartosik   Drums
Dennis Stowe   cast
Timothy J. Alex   cast
Lorin Latarro   cast
Natascia Diaz   Vocals,cast
Patrick Milando   French Horn
Jamie Torcellini   cast
Man of La Mancha pit orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jamie Torcellini   Vocals
Olga Merediz   Vocals
Man of La Mancha cast ensemble   cast
Allyson Tucker   Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Darion   Lyricist
Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Jay David Saks   Producer
Luis Perez   Choreographer
Bill Rosenfield   Executive Producer
Ward Schumaker   Title Art
James Victore   Illustrations,Illustration Concept
Robert Billig   Director,Music Direction
Neil Warner   Dance Arrangement
David Krane   Dance Arrangement
Albert Marre   Production Director
Tony Meola   Sound Design
Nancy Nagel Gibbs   Executive Producer
Nina Essman   Executive Producer
Jonathan Kent   Liner Notes
Emily King   Liner Notes

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