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Man of La Mancha

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Label: Decca (USA)
Album: Man of La Mancha
# Song Title   Time
1)    Overture
2)    Man of la Mancha (I, Don Quixote)
3)    It's All the Same
4)    Dulcinea
5)    I'm Only Thinking of Him
6)    I Really Like Him
7)    What Do You Want of Me
8)    Little Bird, Little Bird
10)    To Each His Dulcinea (To Every Man His Dream)
11)    The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
12)    The Combat
13)    The Dubbing (Knight of the Woeful Countenance)
14)    The Abduction
15)    Aldonza
16)    A Little Gossip
18)    Finale (The Impossible Dream)
 



Performer Notes
  • Cast includes: Richard Kiley, Irving Jacobon, Ray Middleton, Robert Rounseville, Joan Diener.
  • MAN OF LA MANCHA is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program and multimedia computer files.
  • Includes liner notes by George C. Konder.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Music by Mitch Leigh. Lyrics by Joe Darion.
  • Music composed by Mitch Leigh. Lyrics written by Joe Darion.
  • Principal cast includes: Richard Kiley (Cervantes/Don Quixote); Irving Jacobson (Sancho Panza); Joan Diener (Aldonza); Robert Rounseville (The Padre); Mimi Turque (Antonia); Harry Theyard (Muleteer).
  • Producer: Michael Kapp.
  • Reissue producer: Brian Drutman.
  • Recorded on December 6, 1965. Original released on Kapp (5505). Includes liner notes by Denny Martin Flinn & Dale Wasserman.
  • Digitally remastered by Greg Calbi (December 2000).
  • Composer: Mitch Leigh.
  • Lyricist: Joe Darion.
  • Personnel: Eddie Roll, Gerrianne Raphael, George Marcy, John Aristides, Shev Rodgers, Bruce Mackay (vocals, background vocals); Jon Cypher, Renato Cibelli, Irving Jacobson, Joan Diener , Mimi Turque, Ray Middleton, Richard Kiley (vocals).
  • Liner Note Author: Denny Martin Flinn.
  • Recording information: 12/06/1965.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Irving Jacobson; Joan Diener ; Ray Middleton; Richard Kiley; Robert Rounseville.
  • 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 na‹ve 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. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer:Michael Kapp; Brian Drutman (Reissue)
Format:CD (0 Disc); Mixed
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:3 March, 2003
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There are certain performances the bind a performer and a character forever, and that was certainly the case with Richard Kiley playing the title character in "Man of La Mancha." Whenever I listen to the final track of this original cast album, when Aldonza reprises "The Impossible Dream" and begs the the dying man to remember his quest and Don Quixote struggles to his feet one final time, it always brings a tear to my eyes. There are few moments from Broadway that I can listen to that have such as an effect ("Is Anybody There" from "1776," "Memories" from "Cats," and when Mary finds the door to the garden at the end of Act I of "The Secret Garden" are the others).

This is a powerful musical, surprisingly adult in its treatment of the characters and the subject matter: Joan Diener's "Aldonza" is powerfully brutal in its depiction of her wretched life. Richard Kiley singing "The Impossible Dream" is obviously a Sixties Broadway standard, but there are other memorable songs as well: Quixote's "Dulcinea," the Muleteers "Little Bird, Little Bird" and the funny/beautiful harmonious medley "The Barber's Song/Golden Helmet."

This reworking of Cervantes in "Man of La Mancha" is interesting, because although it relies primarily on episodes from Part I of "Don Quixote," its spirit is more in keeping with the tenor of Part II of that classic novel. Consequently, this musical can make for an interesting class discussion for students who have worked through the novel(s). One of the nice touches on this CD is that a couple of lines are added to the spoken introduction to "Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)".

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