Major Production History and Awards

Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha, which features a book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, is adapted from Wasserman’s 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote. This in turn was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his 17th-century classic Don Quixote.

The show made its world premiere in 1965 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, and later that year made its New York premiere at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre. Man of La Mancha won five Tony Awards in 1966, garnering the trophies for Best Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist, Best Actor in a Musical for Richard Kiley, Best Scenic Design for Howard Bay and Best Direction of a Musical for Albert Marre.

Man of La Mancha moved to the Martin Beck Theatre on March 20, 1968, followed by the Eden Theatre on March 3, 1971 and for the last month of its Broadway run in May of that year, the Mark Hellinger Theatre. The original production ran in New York for 2,328 performances and the show has subsequently been revived four times since on the Great White Way, most recently in a 2002 incarnation led by Brian Stokes Mitchell.

In London, Man of La Mancha, starring Keith Michell, first bowed in the West End on April 24, 1968 at the Piccadilly Theatre, where it played 253 performances. The 1972 film adaptation was headlined by Peter O'Toole, James Coco and Sophia Loren.

Man of La Mancha has played around the world, with productions in Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Icelandic, Gujarati, Uzbek, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Serbian, Slovenian, Swahili, Finnish, Ukrainian and nine different Spanish dialects of the Spanish language. Cast albums are available in multiple languages.

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