Man of la Mancha

ISBN-10: 0394406192
ISBN-13: 9780394406190
Edition: N/A
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Description: Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, 1966 "To me the most interesting aspect of the success of Man of La Mancha is the fact that it plows squarely upstream against the prevailing current of philosophy in the theater. That  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/1966
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, 1966 "To me the most interesting aspect of the success of Man of La Mancha is the fact that it plows squarely upstream against the prevailing current of philosophy in the theater. That current is best identified by its catch-labels--Theater of the Absurd, Black Comedy, the Theater of Cruelty--which is to say the theater of alienation, of moral anarchy and despair. To the practitioners of those philosophies Man of La Mancha must seem hopelessly naive in its espousal of illusion as man's strongest spiritual need, the most meaningful function of his imagination. But I've no unhappiness about that. "Facts are the enemy of truth," says Cervantes-Don Quixote. And that is precisely what I felt and meant."--Dale Wasserman, from the Preface.

Joe Darion was born in 1917 in New York City. Working with composer Mitch Leigh, he wrote the Tony award winning lyrics for the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, which was later published in book form by Random House. Darion also contributed lyrics to the musicals Shinbone Alley (1957) and Illya Darling (1967). Other works include the songs "Midnight Train" and "Changing Partners" and several opera librettos and cantatas.

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