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Man of La Mancha (Piano Music) Paperback – 1965


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sam Fox Publishing, Inc. (1965)
  • ASIN: B0016TPMFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,925,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This musical is absolutely hilarious.
Brittany
Believe me if you want this show this is the best recording "on a whole" that you can get your hands on.
Spencer
So this book needs to be read with the soundtrack.
Kendal B. Hunter

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Loren E. Jackson, Jr. on September 29, 2001
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This is a great CD - but not for everyone. When I bought it, I had no idea that it was really the COMPLETE show - including ALL of the dialogue, the dance music, and even the bows and exit music! If you love the show; if you're a student of the show; if you want to hear a very good production of the complete show - then this is the CD for you! (What a great way to pass the time on a long boring drive!) But if you want to pop in a CD and just listen to the wonderful music of "Man of La Mancha," you would be better off with the Original Broadway Cast recording.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kendal B. Hunter on January 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was introduced to Hidalgo Quixote, Knight of the Woeful Countenance in high school and was overtaken by the power of the music and the story. Two years later, I was living in Portugal. Though it wasn't Spain, I still felt the same breeze, and saw the same type of windmills that Quixote tilted in his tilted reason.
Joseph Smith once observed that, "by proving contraries, truth is made manifest," (History of the Church 6:428), and Aristotle once said that if you want to find truth, invert. Cervantes follows this pattern of putting things upside-down to show right-side-upness. He accentuates reality by taking an insane man as his lead character. The paradox, however, is that Quixote seems to be the sanest person in the story.
"The Man of La Mancha" has two advantages over its parent-text "Don Quixote." The first is that Wasserman, et al. did a marvelous job of pairing down Cervantes' two part book into a one act play. A lot of Quixote's adventures are funny parody, but it at times becomes a bit over-done. The play captures the essence of the Quixote-Idea without any gas. "Brevity is the soul of wit," as Shakespeare testified.
The second advantage is the music. "The Quest (The Impossible Dream)" is a triumph not only for Wasserman et al, but it is a triumph for humanity. So this book needs to be read with the soundtrack. The original Broadway is my favorite, since it captures the Iberian wind that blows over the story. The Peter O'Toole film is too produced and had too many sweet strings that drench out the Spanish guitars.
You know how good a work of art is by seeing how it is parodies. Quixote has been copied on "Quantum Leap," and Alf, and Jim Neighbors sung "The Quest" on Gomer Pyle. There is even a cartoon "Don Coyote and Sancho Panda." And, of course, there is the classic Mr. Magoo (Jim Baccus) version of Don Quixote.
So buy, and enjoy this play. Read along with the movie, and ponder reality through the eyes of an insane man.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shayne on March 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The new recording of Man of La Mancha is a mixed affair. The songs are beautifully sung with the exception of Kim Criswell. Which was a surprise.
I felt that Criswell under played her role of Aldonza. Although her performance was technically very good, I felt that her characterization of Aldonza was lacking in other performances of the the role that I had heard or seen. I was wondering if she was directed this way. I have her two solo albums and in my opinion she is much better on those two recordings.
Ron Raines is at the top of his game and it is a shame that there is no place for a performer of his stature on Broadway these days. He gives a stunning version of The Impossible Dream.
The other quibble I have is the spoken dialogue. I found the readings to be flat, dull and uninspired. I wonder if the cast was in the studio at one time. The spoken dialogue lacked spark and characterization. I had no idea at times who was speaking as there was no real distinction in the speaking voices.
Thankfully one can program out the dialogue and just lisen to the music. Always critized as a one song show (The Impossible Dream) the score has a lot to recommend. It's a shame the composer and lyricist were never able to follow up with a successful show.
I recommend this recording with 4 stars for its technical excellence, the complete score and for most of the performances. I normally find Jay's complete recordings to be at the top of their game and an important part of any collection. I have nothing but high praises for 110 in the Shade, Cabaret, Nine and Lady in the Dark which are part of my collection. This recording of Man of La Mancha just misses the mark of being perfection.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2002
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Thanks to this complete recording, with all the music and dialogue, the full impact of this amazing work is now fully realised. The production of this recording is one of the best I have ever heard in any cast recordings. It is like you are in the theatre listening to a great performance of Man Of La Mancha by the wonderful cast of Ron Raines, Kim Criswell and the rest. I used to have the old London cast recording which purports to be complete but it was not the case because a lot of the music and scenes were not recorded and are missing from the recording. If you want a truly complete and best recording of La Mancha, this is the only recording to get. 5 stars and no less.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spencer on October 21, 2001
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If you are a fan of this show, if you want to hear it in it's fullest context and if you definetly want your money's worth then this is the recording of "Man of La Mancha" that you should get. The three leads are fabluous, especially Ron Raines(wait to you hear his rendition of "The Impossible Dream"), are excellent and the fact that all the dialogue and underscoring is here makes this like being able to watch the complete show every night. Believe me if you want this show this is the best recording "on a whole" that you can get your hands on.
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