Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion

Original Production Staged by Albert Marre / Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James

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Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion

Original Production Staged by Albert Marre / Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James

Overview

Man of La Mancha is one of the world’s most popular musicals. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterwork Don Quixote and set during the Spanish Inquisition, the original 1965 production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Cervantes is in prison awaiting trial during the Spanish Inquisition. He and his fellow prisoners perform a play-within-a-play, telling the story of the elderly Alonso Quijana, who renames himself "Don Quixote" and goes on a quest to right all wrongs in the world. The rousing, Spanish-inflected score includes the classic numbers “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him” and “Little Bird.”

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Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Literature), Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: 17th Century
  • Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

Dale Wasserman

Dale Wasserman (1914-2008) wrote for theater, television and film for more than 50 years and is best known for the musical Man of La Mancha, a multiple Tony Award winner.

He also wrote the stage play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on Ken Kesey’s novel, which has won s ...

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Mitch Leigh

Mitch Leigh (1928-2014) was a composer, producer, director, and businessman from Brooklyn.

Pianist Arthur Rubenstein said of Leigh, “He’s the most brilliant composer writing for the musical theater today.” He is best known as the Tony Award-winning composer of Man of La Manch ...

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Joe Darion

Joe Darion (1917-2001) worked in every field in which words are put to music, from popular songs to works for the concert stage. His opera based on Don Marquis' immortal characters Archy and Mehitabel was turned into the Broadway musical Shinbone Alley, for which Mr. Darion s ...

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