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Mitch Leigh

 
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Date of Birth: January 30, 1928 (94)

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

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[Broadway, 1985]
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[Broadway, 1979]
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[Broadway, 1970]
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[Broadway, 1966]
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[Broadway, 1964]
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[Broadway, 1963]
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[Broadway, 1985]
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[Broadway, 1979]
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[Broadway, 1966]
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[Broadway, 1964]
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Mitch Leigh Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Direction of a Musical
Mitch Leigh, The King and I
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1966 - Best Musical Gold Star
Mitch Leigh, Man of La Mancha
 
Tony Awards - 1966 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Mitch Leigh, Man of La Mancha

Mitch Leigh News

MAN OF LA MANCHA Comes to Fulton Theatre Beginning Tonight Photo MAN OF LA MANCHA Comes to Fulton Theatre Beginning Tonight
by Stephi Wild - May 19, 2022

Fulton Theatre's 6th show of the 21/22 Marquee Season is the dynamic, exhilarating Man of La Mancha. This epic musical is based on Miguel de Cervantes' seventeenth century novel, Don Quixote, arguably the first true novel of the modern era. As the play begins, we see Cervantes and his manservant thrown into a dungeon where they are to be held as they await trial before the Spanish Inquisition.

BWW REVIEW: Dale Burridge Returns To The Stage With AT THE CROSSROADS, A Fabulous Rev Photo BWW REVIEW: Dale Burridge Returns To The Stage With AT THE CROSSROADS, A Fabulous Review Of His Career To Date.
by Jade Kops - Apr 24, 2022

AT THE CROSSROADS marks Dale Burridge’s return to the theatre stage after an over two-decade absence.

Algonquin Arts Theatre Announces 2022/23 Broadway Series Photo Algonquin Arts Theatre Announces 2022/23 Broadway Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

Algonquin Arts Theatre has announced its 2022-2023 Broadway Series titles. Flying in to start the season is Mary Poppins followed by the theatre's August production of The Who's Tommy. In October, Man of LaMancha returns to the Algonquin Stage.

Asolo Repertory Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season Photo Asolo Repertory Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 14, 2022

Asolo Repertory Theatre announced its 2022-2023. The season kicks off in November with one of the greatest American musicals of the 20th century, Kander and Ebb’s iconic CABARET (Nov. 16 – Dec. 31).

THE FOUR PHANTOMS IN CONCERT Album Available Tomorrow Photo THE FOUR PHANTOMS IN CONCERT Album Available Tomorrow
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 13, 2022

Broadway Records announced today the release of “The Four Phantoms In Concert”.  The digital album is available Friday, January 14th wherever digital music is sold. Preorders are now available for the physical CD to be released late this winter. 

UN DĂŤA COMO HOY: MAN OF LA MANCHA se estrenaba Off- Broadway Photo UN DĂŤA COMO HOY: MAN OF LA MANCHA se estrenaba Off- Broadway
by Angeles Diaz - Nov 22, 2021

Un día como hoy en 1965 MAN OF LA MANCHA se estrena en el teatro ANTA en Washington Square para luego convertirse tres años más tarde en uno de los grandes éxitos de Broadway.  MAN OF LA MANCHA es un musical con libreto de Dale Wasserman , música de Mitch Leigh y letra de Joe Darion. Es una adaptación de Wasserman 1959 de la serie de televisión I, Don Quijote , el cual fue a su vez inspirado por Miguel de Cervantes y su novela del siglo XVII Quijote.

MTH Announces 20th Anniversary Season Photo MTH Announces 20th Anniversary Season
by Stephi Wild - Sep 20, 2021

MTH Theater at Crown Center has unveiled an innovative and imaginative season to commemorate the organization's 20th Anniversary. Utilizing three different venues, MTH's 20th Anniversary Season highlights stories of resilience and resolve and includes Tony Award winners, regional premieres, re-imaginings, an original concert production, and the freshly minted RUBY ROOM Series.

Westport Country Playhouse to Stream Archival Shows MAN OF LA MANCHA and OF MICE AND  Photo Westport Country Playhouse to Stream Archival Shows MAN OF LA MANCHA and OF MICE AND MEN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 12, 2021

Westport Country Playhouse has selected two HD videos from its archives of performances captured live on stage for streaming on demand. The Playhouse’s 2018 production of “Man of La Mancha,” the Tony Award-winning musical following Don Quixote’s quest for “The Impossible Dream,” will stream on-demand from Monday, August 23-Sunday, September 5.

Nassau County's Only Professional Theater Sets Their First Season Photo Nassau County's Only Professional Theater Sets Their First Season
by Stephi Wild - Jul 13, 2021

Season subscription tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 13 while individual and group sale tickets, starting at $49.00, go on sale Monday, July 19 at 10:00 AM. To purchase, call (516) 599-6870 or visit Plaza's new website, which will launch on Tuesday, July 13. Learn more here!

BWW Review: AN ENCHANTED EVENING at Feinstein's/54 Below Is Easy When PAULO SZOT  Is  Photo BWW Review: AN ENCHANTED EVENING at Feinstein's/54 Below Is Easy When PAULO SZOT Is On The Stage
by Stephen Mosher - Jul 9, 2021

When Paulo is in the house, thrills are on the menu, take that to heart, along with his entire setlist of songs to make you sigh and cry.

Mitch Leigh Videos

VIDEO: Watch a Trailer for Westport County Playhouse's MAN OF LA MANCHA VideoVIDEO: Watch a Trailer for Westport County Playhouse's MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Stage Tube - Sep 29, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse stages "Man of La Mancha," the Tony Award-winning musical about Don Quixote's quest for "The Impossible Dream," now playing through October 14. Directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, the story of Quixote's battle for good and the love of his fair maiden is written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion.

Video: First Look at THE UNDERSTUDY at Westport Country Playhouse VideoVideo: First Look at THE UNDERSTUDY at Westport Country Playhouse
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 20, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse will stage the recent Off-Broadway hit, 'The Understudy,' a backstage comedy about a Hollywood action star rehearsing for a role on Broadway amid tensions with his understudy.  The cast includes Eric Bryant, Connecticut Critics Circle Award winner; Brett Dalton of ABC's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'; and Andrea Syglowski, award-winning actress. Running August 14 through September 1, the comedy is written by Theresa Rebeck, creator of NBC's show business drama, 'Smash,' and directed by David Kennedy, Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director.

Video: Westport Country Playhouse Presents A FLEA IN HER EAR VideoVideo: Westport Country Playhouse Presents A FLEA IN HER EAR
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 18, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse stages the lavish, large-cast comedy, "A Flea in Her Ear," newly adapted by David Ives from the original by Georges Feydeau, and directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director.  Fresh from a sold-out run by Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players (REP), a professional theater located at the University of Delaware, the co-production with the REP runs in Westport July 10 - 28.  

VIDEO: Watch Jason Danieley, Julia Murney, Bryce Pinkham & More Sing from Transport G VideoVIDEO: Watch Jason Danieley, Julia Murney, Bryce Pinkham & More Sing from Transport Group's MAN OF LA MANCHA!
by Stage Tube - Dec 22, 2017

Transport Group just presented Man of La Mancha - its first musical in this season's Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series. The special event starred John Cariani (Tony nominee, The Band's Visit), Jason Danieley (Drama Desk nominee, The Visit), Santino Fontana (Tony nominee, Cinderella), Marc Kudisch (Tony nominee, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Julia Murney (Drama Desk nominee, The Wild Party), Bryce Pinkham (Tony Nominee, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Andrew Samonksy (Drama Desk nominee, Queen of the Mist) and Mary Testa (Tony nominee & Drama Desk winner, The Portuguese Kid).

VIDEO: On This Day, March 16: Remembering Composer and Director, Mitch Leigh
by Stage Tube - Mar 16, 2017

Today we salute the life and career of Broadway composer, Mitch Leigh, who passed away on this day in 2014 at age 86.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from MAN OF LA MANCHA at The Marriott Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jun 28, 2016

Deemed one of the greatest musicals of all time and winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA rides into The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, running through August 14 with a press opening tomorrow, June 29 at 8 p.m. Click below to watch highlights from the show!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/22/16- MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Stage Tube - Jun 22, 2016

Today in 1972, the first Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, where it ran for 140 performances. Man of La Mancha is a musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. It tells the story of the 'mad' knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/5/15- MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2015

Today in 2002, the fourth Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha opened at the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre), where it ran for 304 performances. Man of La Mancha is a musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. It tells the story of the 'mad' knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/22/15- MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Stage Tube - Jun 22, 2015

Today in 1972, the first Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, where it ran for 140 performances. Man of La Mancha is a musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. It tells the story of the 'mad' knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Shakespeare Theatre Company's MAN OF LA MANCHA, Starring Anthony Warlow
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2015

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) welcomes Australian actor Anthony Warlow in the role of 'Don Quixote' in the company's production of Man of La Mancha, under the direction of STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul. Man of La Mancha will play at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) now through April 26, 2015. Click below to watch highlights from the production!


Mitch Leigh Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Mitch Leigh written?
Mitch Leigh has written 8 shows including Purple Dust (Composer), Man of La Mancha (Composer), Chu Chem (Composer), Cry for Us All (Composer), Halloween (Composer), Home Sweet Homer (Composer), Sarava (Composer), Ain't Broadway Grand (Composer).

What awards has Mitch Leigh been nominated for?
Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The King and I Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Man of La Mancha and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Man of La Mancha .

What awards has Mitch Leigh won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Man of La Manchaand Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Man of La Mancha.