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Man of La Mancha January 14, 2010

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Brilliant words.
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Man of La Mancha is my favorite musical of all time, possibly because Cyrano! as a musical hasn’t been anywhere near as well done.  This production in 1966 won a boatload of Tony nominations, and made Richard Kiley the star he should have been after Kismet ten years earlier.  I like musicals, but I can only think of a very few that I would recommend to non-musical people.  This is one of them.

This, and the off-Broadway version of Little Shop Of Horrors.  The plant wins in the original, ya know.  The guy who wrote the music for little shop also wrote The Little Mermaid Disney cartoon music.  And also Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, Beauty and the Beast…notice a trend here?  Besides eight Academy Awards, I mean. This guy may have written more popular music than Rogers and Hammerstein.

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