Man of La ManchaMan of La Mancha
is a 1965 Broadway musical
which tells the story of the classic novel Don Quixote
as a play within a play, performed by Miguel Cervantes
and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition
. The book was by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh: one song, "The Impossible Dream", was particularly popular.
Richard Kiley won a Tony Award for his performance as Cervantes/Quixote on Broadway, but the role went to Peter O'Toole in the less-successful 1972 film.
The play has been run on Broadway five times:
- 1965 - 1971 original production, Richard Kiley as Quixote. John Cullum and José Ferrer also played the role during this run.
- 1972 - revival, Richard Kiley as Quixote.
- 1977 - revival, Richard Kiley as Quixote.
- 1992 - revival, Raúl Juliá as Quixote, Sheena Easton as Dulcinea.
- 2002 - revival, Brian Stokes Mitchell as Quixote, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Dulcinea, Ernie Sabella as Sancho Panza.