MAN OF LA MANCHA Composer, Mitch Leigh, Dies at 86
The New York Times reports that Mitch Leigh passed away today at age 86. Leigh was born in 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. He came from a humble background with little theatre experience. However, while in his early 30s, Leigh received his big break when he was asked to compose the score for Man of La Mancha.
Man of La Mancha was a huge success, running for a total of 2,328 performances. It also received five Tony Awards, including Best Composer. Since its New York debut, Man of La Mancha has been revived numerous times and has also been adapted for the silver screen.
Though none were as big of a success Man of La Mancha, Leigh went on to compose for other musicals, including Home Sweet Homer in 1976. He also produced the 1983 revival of Mame and directed the 1985 revival of The King and I.
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Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg
Pictured: First National Tour of Man of La Mancha