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Man of La Mancha (2002 Broadway Revival Cast) [Cast Recording]

Stephen Bogardus , Brian Stokes Mitchell , Mark Jacoby , Mary-Elizabeth Mastrantonio , Mitch Leigh , Joe Darion , Ernie Sabella Audio CD
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  • Performer: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mark Jacoby, Mary-Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion, et al.
  • Composer: Stephen Bogardus
  • Audio CD (January 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B00007GZM1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening (Olga Merediz with Don Mayo, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Stephen Bogardus)
2. Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote) (Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ernie Sabella)
3. It's All the Same (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Muleteers)
4. Dulcinea (Brian Stokes Mitchell, Muleteers)
5. I'm Only Thinking of Him (Natascia Diaz, Olga Merediz, Mark Jacoby with Brian Stokes Mitchell)
6. We're Only Thinking of Him (Stephen Bogardus, Natascia Diaz, Mark Jacoby, Olga Merediz)
7. I Really Like Him (Ernie Sabella with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)
8. What Does He Want of Me? (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)
9. Little Bird, Little Bird (Bradley Dean, Gregory Mitchell, Muleteers)
10. Barber's Song (Jamie Torcellini)
11. Golden Helmet of Mambrino (Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ernie Sabella, Jamie Torcellini, Muleteers)
12. To Each His Dulcinea (To Every Man His Dream) (Mark Jacoby with Stephen Bogardus)
13. The Impossible Dream (The Quest) (Brian Stokes Mitchell)
14. Knight of the Woeful Countenance (Don Mayo, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Ernie Sabella with Brian Stokes Mitchell)
15. Aldonza (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio with Brian Stokes Mitchell)
16. The Knight of the Mirrors (Stephen Bogardus & Brian Stokes Mitchell) (2:12)17. I'm Only Thinking of Him (reprise) (Orchestra)
17. A Little Gossip (Ernie Sabella with Mark Jacoby)
18. Final Sequence: The Death of Alonso Quijana; Dulcinea (reprise); The Impossible Dream (The Quest) (reprise); Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote) (reprise); The Psalm (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ernie Sabella, Mark Jacoby)
19. Finale (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mark Jacoby, Bradley Dean & Company with Frederick B. Owens)

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Brian Stokes Mitchell belongs to a rarefied species: a male lead who can steal scenes from his female counterparts in a Broadway musical. As if his impossibly rich and evocative voice weren't enough, Mitchell is a charismatic actor who inhabits his roles with panache. After turns in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ragtime, and Kiss Me, Kate, he is back in the popular 1965 show about Cervantes and his fictional alter ego, Don Quixote. The show has become a bit creaky over the years. The revival probably wouldn't have a chance without Mitchell, and he does turn in a spectacular performance. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's Aldonza feels a bit forced--compare the smooth way in which Mitchell's songs flow with her sometimes choppy delivery--but she also possesses a welcome old-timey quality, never more so than in "What Does He Want from Me?" As for "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)," well, Mitchell injects something that feels emotionally fresh into the chestnut. And that may be the greatest achievement of all. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Grows On You January 24, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This new Broadway Cast Recording of "Man of La Mancha" is actually a bit better than one might expect. Though the original score has always been somewhat overrated, it nevertheless provides enough pleasantries for the attuned listener. And while this recording may have its flaws, and they are by no means insignificant, it still offers a fresh take on an old warhorse of a show. To begin with, Brian Stokes Mitchell is really rather wonderful as Don Quixote. As any Broadway afficianado knows, Mitchell has the vocal chops to perform the role ably (he sings the living daylights out of "Impossible Dream"). The marvel here is that his phrasing is so right and in key with the character that the ghost of Richard Kiley never hovers. He makes the role his own. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio may be a bit of a mixed blessing, but she ultimately acquits herself surprisingly well. While her singing is a bit wobbly at times, the rough edges and harsher tones actually fit her character. Aldonza shouldn't be all sweetness and light, and Mastrantonio doesn't sing her that way. The surprise here is that her basic instrument is so supple and technically proficient that she is able to do justice with an extremely demanding role. Her rendition of "What Does He Want of Me" is exquisite. Unfortunately, its her line readings that do damage. Mastrantonio has a habit of interpreting her characters in extremes, and here her line readings have all the subtly of a brickbat. At times she seems to be projecting to the back row of the theatre across the street. As Sancho, Ernie Sabello is an adequate, conservative choice for the role, but the evident deterioration in his voice is a constant distraction, and he sometimes sounds like he got to Spain by way of Flatbush Avenue. Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Album - I was Not Disappointed February 2, 2003
By AJD
Format:Audio CD
I saw Man of La Mancha this weekend. It took my breath away. From what I gather reading up on it after the fact, the production did not originally get good reviews. I don't know why. The musical I saw was wonderful -- moving, beautifully sung, and superbly acted. I had only seen Brian Stokes Mitchell on television. Of course, he has a rich voice; it may not be a "big" as some others (e.g. Richard Kiley), but what really impressed me was his delivery of the songs. The nuances he brought to each phrase moved me -- sometimes, close to tears. I could not wait to buy the album. In reference to remarks made by some previous raters, I will agree that Stokes' rendition on the album does not deliver quite the same emotion as what I saw at the Martin Beck Theater. However, had I not seen him live, I would not have noticed any deficiency. It just that he was so much better on stage. Perhaps, he took note of the critics' comments and improved as a result of them; not everyone can do that. More power to Stokes. I was amazed by Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio. She has an unusual voice for Broadway, and I think that is one of the reasons I liked her portrayal of Aldonza. Her acting was so good that I forgot who she was; she was Aldonza. Perfect. I did not know the songs that Aldonza sings as well as those by Don Quixote. So, I did not have any notion of what to expect. I can only say the her songs on the album did not disappoint me either. I say this is a great album for any fan of Man of La Mancha and the musical theater.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Since the original Broadway cast album of "Man of La Mancha" is one of my all time favorites it was probably impossible for the 2002 Broadway Revival Cast to even come close and while it has its moments, due mostly to the performance of Brian Stokes Mitchell, it is just not in the same league. My verdict is not based on "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)," because I actually like what Mitchell does with the Broadway classic, but rather on "Aldonza" and the "Final Sequence: The Death of Alonso Quijana." Those two tracks on the original cast album are two of he most powerful moments I have ever heard on such albums; I am not talking about seeing them in performance on stage, but the effect they had on my just listening to them on the record (and then on the cassette and then on CD).
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio does a nice job on "What Does He Want of Me?" but does not capture the raw rage of Joan Diener's "Aldonza," an amazingly adult song for a 1960s musical. Nor is the tearful chemistry there as Aldonza tries to will Don Quixote back to life. All the live performances of "Man of La Mancha" I have seen have suffered in comparison as well, so I am pretty consistent (and, yes, I usually enjoy traveling companies and community theater musical productions, so I am not being elitist here). But those two tracks are the heart and soul of this musical so they really do make all the difference in the world as far as I am concerned.
Apart from those two critical points in the production, the rest of the songs are fine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing musical and wonderful voices
The musical is a standard for the reason that the lyrics and music are classical and withstand the passage of time. The voices on this album are fantastic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindy Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sing-a-long recording
Wonderful recording of a classic Broadway musical. You can really imagine the characters coming to life. The voices are great.
Published 6 months ago by Gayle D McGuirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Stokes Mitchell great
good soundtrack-great Brian Stokes Mitchell. you do not have toi have seen the show to appreciate this sound track-get it
Published 7 months ago by Carlton Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
It is a great movie and the music is great. There is on part the does stop in the middle of the movie.
Published 8 months ago by Margaret Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Relived the moments on Broadway
I was truly mesmerized by the recording, I saw this live on Broadway in 2002 and relived all the spectacular moments that I enjoyed.
Published 9 months ago by DebbieW
3.0 out of 5 stars No one can do this better than Peter O'Toole
I'm a major fan of this story, and the music is beautiful no matter who sings them, and the voices singing are beautiful - it's just that the feeling behind the music wasn't there. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Words are clear as a bell.
Often a person needs lyrics to make out what is being sung. Not so here. The words are clear as a bell. This soundtrack evokes visual memories of the play. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tom Battel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Stokes Mitchell nails it
This is one of my favorite Broadway plays and I heard some songs on Pandora. I had to buy it so I could listen to the whole musical and I'm not dissapointed,
Published 14 months ago by Glenn J Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Man of La Mancha
I was looking for a copy of either the Broadway or film versions of this musical when I happened upon this recording. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Guastavino
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous listening experience!
The voices were truly marvelous, deep, rich and soulful...perhaps even better than the original broadway cast! Brian Stokes Mitchell soaring voice is a wonder.
Published 15 months ago by Marilyn Stolper
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