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Miceli, Sergio
(ed. and transl. by Marco Alunno)

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6.2. "Man of La Mancha"

Theater musical (Broadway, 1965). Subject: adaptation from the tale of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, libretto by Dale Wasserman,72 lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh. Several theater and recording versions, one film musical version.

72 See Dale Wasserman, The Impossible Musical: The "Man of La Mancha" Story, new ed., Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (New York — Milwaukee, WI: Hal-Leonard, 2003).
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

Main and knows adaptations: Spain (first in Madrid, 1966, with Luis Sagi-Vela and Nati Mistral), Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, South Korea, Thailand.

Man of La Mancha, CD,Original Broadway Cast, 1965. Interpreters: Richard Kiley, Irving Jacobson, Ray Middleton, Robert Rounsville, Joan Diene. Book and musical singing by Albert Marre, choreography by Jack Cole, music direction by Neil Warner. AAD: remastered from analogic tape, 20 pieces. MCA BD-31065, 1973.
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

L'Uomo della Mancha, DVD (sung in English), musical film, 1972, directed by Arthur Hiller, produced by Arthur Hiller, Saul Chaplin and Alberto Grimaldi. Screenplay by Dale Wasserman, choreographies by Gillian Lynne, music by Mitch Leigh (from the musical), adaptation with original songs, incidental music and conducting by Laurence Rosenthal, cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno, editing by Robert C. Jones. Main interpreters: Peter O'Toole (Miguel de Cervantes/Alonso Quijana/Don Qujote), Sophia Loren (Aldonza), James Coco (Cervantes' servant/Sancho Panza). 4-languages DVD: Italian, English, German, Spanish with French subtitles, MGM distribution, 20th Fox, UA, 17344DS Z8.
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

Man of La Mancha, Online version from LP, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, id., 15 pieces, Apple iTunes. No other available data.
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

L'Homme de la Mancha (sung in French) opera version (with a documentary), Opéra la Monnaie de Bruxelles, Théâtre Royal de Liège. Opera Royal de Wallonie, Centre lyrique de la Communauté française, ARTE - Belgique and the RTBF's Le Service Musique-Danse. French adaptation by Jacques Brel, musical direction by Patrick Baton, direction by Antoine Bourseiller, 1988 Main interpreters: José Van Dam, Alexise Yerna, Georges Gautier. From YouTube.
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

Man of La Mancha, 2 CDs online. Studio Cast Recording (1990). Main interpreters: Plácido Domingo, Julia Migenes, Mandy Patinkin, Samuel Ramey. Orchestra conducted by Paul Germani, 30 pieces, MP3, Sony Classical, Masterworks Broadway. No other available data.
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

Man of La Mancha, CD online, Original London Cast, First Complete Recording (22+27 pieces), BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Charles Abell (2000). Main interpreters: Kim Criswell, Mich Leight, Ron Raines. AAC 256 kbps 16 bit 44100 KHz, Apple iTunes. No other available data.
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

El Hombre de la Mancha. El Musical, CD online (sung in Spanish), Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid, 2002. Main interpreters: José Sancristán, Manuel Cifuentes, Paloma San Basilio. 20 audio excerpts (2013-2014). Online version Apple iTunes, 20 pieces. YouTube accessed 2014. No other available data.
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

Man of La Mancha, CD, The New Broadway Cast Recording, Martin Beck Theatre, 2002. Main interpreters: Brian Stockes Mitchell, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Ernie Sabella. Set design and costumes by Paul Brown, lighting direction by Paul Gallo, sound engineering by Tony Meola, choreographies by Luis Perez; orchestra (?) conducted by Robert Billig, music direction Michael Keller, original dance music Neil Warner, several arrangers, directed by Jonathan Kent. 20 pieces. CD Masterworks Broadway, 2002 (2003/2012 Sony Music Entertainment), synopsis and libretto edited by Jonathan Kent and Emily King.
Source: Archive S. M., Florence.

In Apple iTunes there are book, audio-books, podcasts and iPhone applications dedicated to the subject.

Also some of the most remarkable English-speaking interpreters performed some of the most famous songs of Les Misérables, i.e.: since the memorable Jean Valjean aka Colm Wikinson to the recent Alfie Boe.
Source: YouTube (last accessed March 2015).

Several versions of the main song, The Impossible Dream (El sueño impossible) interpreted by lyric singers, among others: Plácido Domingo, Brin Terfel (with the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest conducted by Edo de Waart), Rolando Villazón, José Carreras, Samuel Ramey (orchestras conducted by Paul Gemignani and James Levine, 1991) and many others.
Sources: YouTube (2013-2014); Archive S. M., Florence.

Pop and Jazz versions performed, among others, by Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis — many recordings in different periods of his career (in at least one of those Mathis was certainly too busy listening to his own voice than being worried about the pronunciation) — Cher, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Lawrence, Jack Jones, and Luther Vandross (some of these singers recorded the song more than once throughout their careers). There are also many transcriptions for one or more instruments. I will mention, not necessarily for their quality, those by Liberace for piano, by Roger Williams for piano and orchestra, and by Ray Conniff for his orchestra, by Arthur Fiedler with the Boston Pops Orchestra and many others.
Sources: YouTube (accessed in 2013-2014); DVDs and CDs Archive S. M., Florence.

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