Man of La Mancha

Musical - Original

ANTA Washington Square Theatre (November 22, 1965 - March 18, 1968)
Martin Beck Theatre (March 20, 1968 - March 01, 1971)
Eden Theatre (March 03, 1971 - May 24, 1971)
Mark Hellinger Theatre (May 26, 1971 - June 26, 1971)
Data not verified
  • First Preview: October 30, 1965
  • Opening Date: November 22, 1965
  • Closing Date: June 26, 1971
  • Previews: 21
  • Performances: 2328

Lyrics: Joe Darion

Playwright: Dale Wasserman

Music: Mitch Leigh


An imprisoned Miguel de Cervantes gets his fellow inmates to enact the story of his novel, Don Quixote, about an aged nobleman who declares himself a "knight errant" out to do battle for good and the love of a fair maiden, in Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman's musical adaptation of the classic Cervantes novel.


Opening Night Cast

Joan Diener Aldonza (Dulcinea)
Irving Jacobson Sancho Panza
Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha Richard Kiley Don Quixote (Cervantes)
Ray Middleton The Innkeeper
Robert Rounseville The Padre
Gino Conforti The Barber
Jon Cypher in Man of La Mancha Jon Cypher Dr. Carrasco
Eleanore Knapp The Housekeeper
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Dale Wasserman Writer
  Mitch Leigh Music
  Joe Darion Lyrics
  Albert Marre Director
  Albert Marre Musical Staging
  Jack Cole Choreographer
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Best Musical Mitch Leigh
Joe Darion
Dale Wasserman

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Outstanding Musical   Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Actor in a Musical Richard Kiley Winner
1966 Choreography Jack Cole Nominee
1966 Composer and Lyricist Mitch Leigh
Joe Darion
1966 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Howard Bay
Patton Campbell
1966 Direction of a Musical Albert Marre Winner
1966 Musical   Winner
1966 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Howard Bay Winner
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