Mitch Leigh

Mitch Leigh, the theatre composer and jingle writer who had a single, but enduring, hit musical in Man of La Mancha, and who, with a handful of repeated, but dramatically escalating musical phrases, gave the world an aspirational anthem in "The Impossible Dream," died March 16, 2014. He was 86.

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  • Also known as: Irwin Michnik
  • Born: Jan 30, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Death: Mar 16, 2014 in New York, NY


New York Drama Critics' Circle
1966 Best Musical Man of La Mancha Winner
Tony Award
1985 Direction of a Musical The King and I Nominee
1966 Composer and Lyricist Man of La Mancha Winner