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

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


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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. [A 2012 reissue added four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886919485622
catalogNumber: 194856
Rank: 7524

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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