Man of La Mancha [Original Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

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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 ...
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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. [A 2012 reissue added four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886919485622
  • Catalog Number: 194856
  • Sales rank: 441

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ernie Sabella Vocals
Stephen Bogardus Vocals
Robert Billig Conductor
Gregory Mitchell Vocals
Mark Jacoby Vocals
Don Mayo Vocals
Brian Stokes Mitchell Vocals
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Vocals
Michelle Rios Vocals
Dennis Stowe Vocals
Timothy J. Alex Vocals
Lorin Latarro Vocals
Natascia Diaz Vocals
Jamie Karen Vocals
John Herrera Vocals
Man of La Mancha pit orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bradley Dean Vocals
Jamie Torcellini Vocals
Jimmy Smagula Vocals
Olga Merediz Vocals
Andy Blankenbuehler Vocals
Thom Sesma Vocals
Frederick B. Owens Vocals
Wilson Mendieta Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Darion Lyricist
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Mitch Leigh Composer
Jay David Saks Producer
Bill Rosenfield Executive Producer
Roxanne Slimak Reissue Design
James Victore Cover Art
Federico Ruiz Reissue Package Design
David Krane Dance Arrangement
Tony Meola Sound Design
Jonathan Kent Liner Notes, Stage Direction
Tammy Van Aken Reissue Package Coordinator
Dale Wasserman Book
Emily King Synopsis
Brian Bessterman Dance Arrangement
Ward Schumacher Title Art
Richard Billig Music Direction
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