Mitch Leigh

b. Irwin Mitchnick, 30 January 1928, Brooklyn, New York, USA. A composer, producer and director for the musical theatre and television, Leigh studied music at Yale, graduating with a BA and MA. In the late 50s he formed Music Makers, a company which eventually became the prime source of television and radio jingles in the USA. In the early 60s, Leigh wrote the incidental music for two plays, Too Good To Be True and Never Live Over A Pretzel Factory, before collaborating with lyricist Joe Darion on the musical Man of La Mancha in 1965. It ran for 2,328 performances in New York and won five Tony Awards, and one of its songs, ‘The Impossible Dream’, was awarded the Contemporary Classic Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Leigh never attained anywhere near that degree of success with Broadway shows such as Cry For Us All (1970), Home Sweet Homer (one performance in 1976), Sarava (1979), Chu Chem (1989), and Ain’t Broadway Grand (1993). Indeed, they were all flops, and one or two more of Leigh’s efforts closed out of town. A 25th anniversary production of Man of La Mancha, starring Raul Julia and Sheena Easton, toured the USA, and played 108 performances on Broadway in 1992.

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Opera SaratogaMan of La Mancha7/8/2021 - 7/10/2021
Shreveport OperaMan of La Mancha11/9/2019 - 11/9/2019
Amarillo OperaMan of La Mancha4/5/2018 - 4/7/2018
Pensacola OperaMan of La Mancha3/16/2018 - 3/18/2018
Portland OperaMan of La Mancha6/9/2017 - 6/9/2017
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaMan of La Mancha1/21/2017 - 1/29/2017
Central City OperaMan of La Mancha7/18/2015 - 8/9/2015
Shreveport OperaMan of La Mancha10/23/2009 - 10/23/2009
Lyric Opera San DiegoMan of La Mancha9/9/2007 - 10/10/2007
Utah Festival OperaMan of La Mancha7/7/2006 - 7/26/2006
Skylight Music TheatreMan of La Mancha5/1/2006 - 7/1/2006
Opera ModestoMan of La Mancha11/11/2002 - 11/23/2002
Opera ColumbusMan of La Mancha7/7/2002 - 7/28/2002
Spokane OperaMan of La Mancha6/6/2002 - 6/28/2002
Opera OmahaMan of La Mancha4/4/2001 - 4/29/2001
Shepherd UniversityMan of La Mancha2/8/2001 - 2/25/2001
Amarillo OperaMan of La Mancha9/19/1998 - 9/19/1998
The Cleveland OperaMan of La Mancha6/6/1996 - 6/23/1996
Orlando OperaMan of La Mancha4/1/1994 - 4/30/1994
Sorg OperaMan of La Mancha4/1/1994 - 4/23/1994
Portland OperaMan of La Mancha2/1/1994 - 2/26/1994
Madison OperaMan of La Mancha11/1/1992 - 11/21/1992
Knoxville OperaMan of La Mancha7/1/1992 - 7/19/1992
Opera ModestoMan of La Mancha3/1/1992 - 4/1/1992

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