Man of La Mancha [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [2001 Reissue]

Man of La Mancha [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [2001 Reissue]

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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 '60sSee more details below

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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:
03/06/2001
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0601215938722
catalogNumber:
159387
Rank:
1730

Tracks

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

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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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