Man of La Mancha [Original Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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. [The 2001 reissue boasted improved sound, new liner notes, and four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2001
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 601215938722
  • Catalog Number: 159387
  • Sales rank: 7,510

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:50)
  2. 2 Man of la Mancha (I, Don Quixote) - Irving Jacobson (2:44)
  3. 3 It's All the Same - Muleteers (3:00)
  4. 4 Dulcinea - Muleteers (2:48)
  5. 5 I'm Only Thinking of Him - Eleanore Knapp (2:56)
  6. 6 I Really Like Him - Joan Diener (2:20)
  7. 7 What Do You Want of Me - Joan Diener (2:13)
  8. 8 Little Bird, Little Bird - Harry Theyard (1:55)
  9. 9 Barber's Song/Golden Helmut - Muleteers (2:59)
  10. 10 To Each His Dulcinea (To Every Man His Dream) - Robert Rounseville (1:51)
  11. 11 The Impossible Dream (The Quest) - Richard Kiley (2:22)
  12. 12 The Combat (1:02)
  13. 13 The Dubbing (Knight of the Woeful Countenance) - Joan Diener (2:01)
  14. 14 The Abduction - Harry Theyard (1:32)
  15. 15 Aldonza - Joan Diener (3:31)
  16. 16 A Little Gossip - Irving Jacobson (1:46)
  17. 17 Dulcinea (Reprise) /The Impossible Dream (Reprise) /Man of Mancha ... - Joan Diener (5:55)
  18. 18 Finale (The Impossible Dream) - Entire Cast (1:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Mackay Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Kiley Vocals
Jon Cypher Vocals
Irving Jacobson Vocals
Neil Warner Conductor
George Marcy Vocals, Background Vocals
Eddie Roll Vocals, Background Vocals
John Aristides Vocals, Background Vocals
Renato Cibelli Vocals
Shev Rodgers Vocals, Background Vocals
Ray Middleton Vocals
Gerrianne Raphael Vocals, Background Vocals
Mimi Turque Vocals
Robert Rounseville Track Performer
Joan Diener Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Ray Colcord Composer
Michael Kapp Producer
Richard Kiley Contributor
Penny Bennett Art Direction
Irving Jacobson Contributor
Neil Warner Musical Director
Brian Drutman Reissue Producer
Denny Martin Flinn Liner Notes
Ray Middleton Contributor
Robert Rounseville Contributor
Joan Diener Contributor
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