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Man of La Mancha: A Musical Play - Full Length Musical

Man of La Mancha: A Musical Play

Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, Mitch Leigh

Full Length Musical

ISBN: 9780394406190

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

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Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, 1966

"To me the most interesting aspect of the success of Man of La Mancha is the fact that it plows squarely upstream against the prevailing current of philosophy in the theater. That current is best identified by its catch-labels--Theater of the Absurd, Black Comedy, the Theater of Cruelty--which is to say the theater of alienation, of moral anarchy and despair. To the practitioners of those philosophies Man of La Mancha must seem hopelessly naive in its espousal of illusion as man's strongest spiritual need, the most meaningful function of his imagination. But I've no unhappiness about that. 'Facts are the enemy of truth,' says Cervantes-Don Quixote. And that is precisely what I felt and meant." --Dale Wasserman, from the Preface.

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MAN OF LA MANCHA played for 2,328 performances in New York at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre and on Broadway at the Martin Beck, Eden and Mark Hellinger Theatres starring Richard Kiley and Joan Diener. Kiley and Diener repeated the success at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in 1972, and the show has since been revived on Broadway several times, most recently in 2002 for 304 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre with Brian Stokes Mitchell in the title role and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Aldonza (Dulcinea). The show played for 253 performances in London at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Dale Wasserman

Dale Wasserman

Dale Wasserman 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 several Tony Awards. Both shows continue to be produced nationally and internationally with an estimated 300 productions a year. In ... view full profile

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