- Mitch Leigh
He began his career as a jazz musician and writing commercials for radio and television. In 1965 he teamed with lyricist Joe Darion and writer Dale Wasserman to write a musical based on Wasserman's 1959 television play, I, Don Quixote. The resulting show, the musical Man Of La Mancha opened on Broadway in 1965 and in its original engagement ran for 2,328 performances.
Leigh's next show was Chu Chem. This show followed Man of La Mancha by exactly one year, but closed on the road. Produced by Leigh, it opened on Broadway in 1989 for 68 performances.
Cry for Us All, based on the play, Hogan's Goat, opened on Broadway in 1970 but ran for 9 performances. Leigh was the producer as well as composer. His next musical was Home Sweet Homer, starring Yul Brynner, which opened on Broadway officially in January 1976 but closed after 1 performance. He produced as well as was the composer for Saravà which ran for 101 performances in 1979. Leigh both produced and directed the 1985 revival of The King and I starring Yul Brynner. Lee Adams asked Leigh to collaborate on a musical, entitled Mike, about producer Mike Todd, but it closed on its pre-Broadway tryout in 1988. After renaming it Ain't Broadway Grand!, the show made it to Broadway, but closed after 25 performances in 1993.
- Yale University
In 1977 Mitch Leigh and others at the Yale School of Music established the Keith Wilson scholarship, to be awarded "to an outstanding major in wind instrument playing."
A building in The School of Music at Yale University was named "Abby and Mitch Leigh Hall" in 2001.
Leigh endowed a chair in jazz at Yale University, the Willie Ruff Chair in Jazz, in 2006.
His wife is American painter Abby Leigh. He has three children, including the director Eve Leigh.
He received the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for "The Impossible Dream."
- ^ YAM March 2001 - Who's Been Blue
- ^ Suskin, Steven."Mitch Leigh's Cry For Us All Comes to CD, Plus Kitty's Kisses", playbill.com, October 25, 2009
- ^ http://www.pbs.org/wnet/broadway/stars/adams_l.html
- ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A07E7DE1E3BF931A35756C0A9679D8B63
- ^ "Advertising Jingle Music Folio Books", classicthemes.com, accessed February 9, 2010
- ^ a b c "Composer Mitch Leigh Endows Chair in Jazz at Yale", opa.yale.edu, September 12, 2006
- ^ "Yale School of Music Names Building in Honor of Mitch and Abby Leigh", opa.yale.edu, September 7, 2001
- Mitch Leigh at the Internet Movie Database
- Mitch Leigh at the Internet Broadway Database
- Mitch Leigh at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Tony Award for Best Original Score (1947–1975)
Street Scene by Kurt Weill (1947) · Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter (1949) · South Pacific by Richard Rodgers (1950) · Call Me Madam by Irving Berlin (1951) · No Strings by Richard Rodgers (1962) · Oliver! by Lionel Bart (1963) · Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman (1964) · Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (1965) · Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion (1966) · Cabaret by John Kander and Fred Ebb (1967) · Hallelujah, Baby! by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1968) · Company by Stephen Sondheim (1971) · Follies by Stephen Sondheim (1972) · A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim (1973) · Gigi by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner (1974) · The Wiz by Charlie Smalls (1975)
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