Man of La Mancha (New Broadway Cast Recording)

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2003
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266400720
  • Catalog Number: 64007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening (2:44)
  2. 2 Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote) (2:15)
  3. 3 It's All the Same (3:19)
  4. 4 Dulcinea - Muletiers (3:11)
  5. 5 I'm Only Thinking of Him - Natascia Diaz (3:36)
  6. 6 We're Only Thinking of Him - Natascia Diaz (1:16)
  7. 7 I Really Like Him (2:03)
  8. 8 What Does He Want of Me? (2:22)
  9. 9 Little Bird, Little Bird - Muletiers (1:55)
  10. 10 Barber's Song - Jamie Torcellini (0:35)
  11. 11 Golden Helmet of Mambrino - Jamie Torcellini (2:17)
  12. 12 To Each His Dulcinea (To Every Man His Dream) (2:42)
  13. 13 The Impossible Dream (The Quest) (3:53)
  14. 14 Knight of the Woeful Countenance - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (2:04)
  15. 15 Aldonza - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (3:20)
  16. 16 The Knight of the Mirrors (2:02)
  17. 17 I'm Only Thinking of Him (reprise) - The Orchestra (0:47)
  18. 18 A Little Gossip (1:29)
  19. 19 Final Sequence: The Death of Alonso Quijana / Dulcinea (reprise) / The - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (8:22)
  20. 20 Finale - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (1:50)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!!

    As a huge fan of Broadway, and of "Don Quixote de la Mancha" by Don Miguel de Cervantes, I found this cast recording. It is probably one of the best cast recordings I have ever heard! Brian Stokes Mitchell's "Impossible Dream" gives me chills every time I listen to it. All the other songs are so amazing, and I've listened to this cast recording so many times it has gotten scratched! I will never get tired of listening to this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathe Taking Musical

    Brian Stokes Mitchell has a voice that penetrates your heart and soul. I become so engrossed in the music I feel as if Mr.Mitchell is there singing only to me. I own three copies (home,work,& car). Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is also fabulous as is the rest of the cast. This is a must buy CD. I go to the theatre almost weekly and I've been to Man of LaMancha five times. I just love the music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian Stokes Mitchell is terrific

    Among the best music ever from Broadway

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don Quixote Rocks my World !!!!!!!!!!

    I've seen the show, heard the music, and bought the CD. They all contain some of the best music I've ever heard. I'm soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo obsessed with this music that I've memorized almost every word to every song. Since I'm the oldest in my family, I'm the only one that my parents took to see the show. I came home, told everyone about the show. Then my little sister went to see it. She said it's the best show ever (besides the circus, that's just a joke.) I think the same as her.My BABY brother now thinks he's Don Quixote and that's the person this review is for. Thank you Don Quixote, thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    After listening to this CD just once, I am convinced that Brian Stokes Mitchell is the best creature on Earth. His beautiful versions of "Man of La Manche" and "The Impossible Dream" literally brought me to my knees with tears in my eyes. There is only one word that I can think of to sum of these 20 tracks of pure joy: amazing! I reccommend "Man of La Manche" to anyone and everyone.

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