Man of La Mancha is adapted... …from a teleplay called I, Don Quixote, which starred Lee Cobb, Colleen Dewhurst and Eli Wallach. It was broadcast on November 9, 1959. The Heroic Spirit of a Warrior Various titles for foreign productions have included Don Quixote (South Korea), The Impossible Dream (Japan), and in Hong Kong it has been known as both The Heroic Spirit of a Warrior and The Sleepwalking Knight of La Mancha. Richard Kiley... …played the titular role in three different Broadway productions of the show, in 1968, 1972 and 1977. Joan Diener... …, who originated the role of Aldonza, subsequently took over the demanding role for the 1992 revival, after Sheena Easton collapsed in the middle of a performance. Diener was 68 at the time.