Man of La Mancha

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Studio Cast Recordings

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Studio Cast Recording (1972)
Jim Nabors, Jack Gilford, Marilyn Horne, Richard Tucker, Madeline Kahn
Studio Cast (1996)
Placido Domingo, Mandy Patinkin, Nathaniel Flatt, Julia Migenes, Carolann Page

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Source Material

Suggested by the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra. Also based, although this was never listed in the playbill, on Dale Wasserman's television play I, Don Quixote.


The story takes place in the late 16th century. Miguel de Cervantes (a tax collector, soldier, and author) and his assistant, Sancho, foreclose on a church that failed to pay its taxes. Thus, the two men are thrown into prison by the Spanish Inquisition. The prisoners then steal Cervantes's possessions. However, he convinces them to allow him to win back a package of papers that would not be of value to other people. Pleading his case, Cervantes gives a dramatic defense by reenacting the story of Don Quixote of La Mancha: the passionate and poignant tale of a noble knight who lives in a world of madness and cannnot see that chivalry has died. His holy quest is a mission of salvation to find compassion not for himself but for others. Don Quixote falls in love with the fair maiden, Aldonza (Dulcinea), and convinces her to live a moral life. When Quixote is being knighted, the muleteers brutally assault Aldonza. Quixote and Sancho quickly come to Aldonza's rescue but in the end, Quixote only preaches forgiveness. Next, Quixote fights off his darkest foe, the Enchanter. Moved by the story, the prisoners return Cervantes' manuscript (which turns out to be his unfinished novel about Don Quixote) just before he is called before the Inquisition.

Trivia & History

Man of La Mancha won the New York Drama Critics Circle award for best musical of the 1965-1966 on the first ballot with eight votes from the fourteen voting members that year. Mame received three votes; It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman and The Mad Show each received one vote; and there were two abstentions.

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