A Little Bit of Broadway with Sue B
October 30, 2011
On a cold, wet, windy day, you are invited into the imagination of Don Quixote as we celebrate The Man of la Mancha.
Orginal 1965 production ran for 2, 328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Cervantes/Don Quixote - Richard Kiley
Sancho - Irving Jacobson
Innkeeper- Ray Middleton
The Padre - Robert Rounseville
Aldzona/Dulcinea -Joan Diener
Book by Dale Wasserman, Lyrics by Joe Darion and Music by Mitch Leigh.
The score was unusual in its time, because the orchestra had no stringed instruments, other than a double bass...it used brass, woodwinds, percussion and flamenco guitars.
Richard Kiley was a celebrated stage, television and film actor. He won three Emmy awards, two Golden Globe and two Tony Awards during his career. When he died in 1999, the lights on Braodway were turned off in his honor.
He also originated the role of the Caliph in "Kismet," from which we heard three selections: Stranger in Paradise, This is My Beloved, and Rhymes Have I.