Man of La Mancha

  • Man of La Mancha

    Richard Kiley (Don Quixote) and Tony Martinez (Sancho Panza) in Man Of La Mancha (Photo: Reg Innell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The moving Tony-winning musical about a man’s refusal to give up his impossible dream.

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

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. 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.

Featuring classic numbers including “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him” and “Little Bird,” the story transforms the prisoners and touches the audience. Suitable for performance by everyone from high school students to professionals, this much-loved show is appropriate for all audiences.

If you are in North America and are interested in licensing Man of La Mancha, please visit Tams-Witmark.

If you are in the U.K. or Eire and are interested in licensing Man of La Mancha, please visit MusicScope.

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

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If you are in North America and are interested in licensing MAN OF LA MANCHA, please visit Tams-Witmark.

If you are in the U.K. or Eire and are interested in licensing MAN OF LA MANCHA, please visit MusicScope.

For the rest of the world, please contact Kim Rogers (kim.rogers@themusicalcompany.com) for Amateur and Caroline Barnard (caroline.barnard@themusicalcompany.com) for Professional productions.

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If you are in North America and are interested in licensing MAN OF LA MANCHA, please visit Tams-Witmark.

If you are in the U.K. or Eire and are interested in licensing MAN OF LA MANCHA, please visit MusicScope.

For the rest of the world, please contact Kim Rogers (kim.rogers@themusicalcompany.com) for Amateur and Caroline Barnard (caroline.barnard@themusicalcompany.com) for Professional productions.

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Watch videos from the show

  • Richard Kiley sings "The Impossible Dream" at the 1972 Tony Awards
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell sings "The Impossible Dream" at the 2003 Tony Awards
  • Man of La Mancha at Burnsville High School
  • Man of La Mancha at North High School
  • Man of La Mancha at Pioneer Theatre Company

Show tags

Performance Group: College, Community Theatre—North America only, Dinner Theatre, High School, Outdoor, Professional, University

Type: Book Musical

Style: Classic Broadway

Size of Orchestra: Large

Setting: Period/Historical

Genre: Adaptation (Literature), Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical, Period, Romance

Vocal Demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Minimal

Cast Size: Flexible, Medium

Casting Opportunities: Ensemble Cast, Expandable Casting, Multicultural Casting, Reduced Casting/Doubling, Roles For Older Actors, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male

Target Audience: Appropriate For All Audiences

Award Recognition: Tony

Collection: Award Winners, Community Theatre Favorites, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male

Production Resources: Artwork License, PLAYBILLder, Transposition Services

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