Man of La Mancha The Musical
Saddle up for a rousing adventure with the chivalrous knight Don Quixote. Together with his faithful steed Rocinante and comical sidekick Sancho, he sets out to right wrongs and woo his one true love Dulcinea – and if he can't do it in reality, then he'll make it happen in his imagination! Adapted from Cervantes' immortal classic, this musical comedy brings the world of seventeenth-century Spain to vivid life with boisterous ensembles, crowd-pleasing slapstick and soaring melodies such as “The Impossible Dream”. So gallop on over to StubHub for Man of La Mancha Tickets!
Man of La Mancha: from the small screen to the big stage
Rather than being a straight adaptation of Cervantes' Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha reshapes the material in several imaginative ways. The setting is a dungeon where Cervantes is being held prisoner. Threatened by his fellow detainees, he distracts them with tales of his famous character Don Quixote, drawing them in to play various roles. The “book” or script of the musical originated in a teleplay by veteran TV writer Dan Wasserman, who revised it for the stage. Mitch Leigh, who composed the score, also had a background in television as a creator of advertising jingles. W.H. Auden – generally rated one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century – was originally supposed to pen the lyrics, but Wasserman and Leigh found his work too cynical and another reliable old hand, lyric-writer Joe Darion, came on board as his replacement.
The impossible success of Man of La Mancha
Opening in 1965, the show went on to enjoy a six-year run on Broadway. It dominated at the Tony Awards, winning in five categories including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Leading Man. In 1972 there was a film version with Sophia Loren and Peter O'Toole (whose vocals were dubbed by opera singer Simon Gilbert). Meanwhile, the show's hit song “The Impossible Dream” became a phenomenon in its own right, covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Scott Walker and Cher. Among the countless revivals of Man of La Mancha, one of the most notable came in 2002. Featuring the powerful baritone of Brian Stokes Mitchell and the star power of Hollywood actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, it spawned a Grammy Award-winning album
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