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Mitch Leigh

Producer, Composer, Director
( b. Jan 30, 1928 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Mar 16, 2014 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Also known as: Irwin Michnik [Birthname]

Biography: Mitch Leigh was born Irwin Michnick on January 30, 1928 in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He served in the United States Army and studied music at Yale University. He worked in advertising writing jingles while composing for various Broadway shows. He married Renee Goldman, with whom he had his son, Andy. He then married Abby Kimmelman, with whom he had his children, Rebecca and David.

Other Awards: Received the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame for "The Impossible Dream."

Trivia:
Some of his commercial clients who he wrote jingles for included: L&M cigarettes, Ken-L Ration dog food, and the Sara Lee Corporation.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on March 19, 2014.



ProductionsDate of Productions
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
Dec 05, 2002 - Aug 31, 2003
The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Produced by Music Makers, Inc.
Apr 25, 1999 - May 09, 1999
Ain't Broadway Grand
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
Apr 18, 1993 - May 09, 1993
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
  • Produced by The Mitch Leigh Company
Apr 24, 1992 - Jul 26, 1992
Chu Chem
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
  • Produced by The Mitch Leigh Company
Apr 07, 1989 - May 14, 1989
The King and I
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Mitch Leigh
  • Produced by The Mitch Leigh Company
Jan 07, 1985 - Jun 30, 1985
Mame
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by The Mitch Leigh Company
Jul 24, 1983 - Aug 28, 1983
Saravá
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
  • Originally produced by Mitch Leigh
Jan 11, 1979 - Jun 17, 1979
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
Sep 15, 1977 - Dec 31, 1977
Home Sweet Homer
[Musical, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
Jan 04, 1976 - Jan 04, 1976
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
Jun 22, 1972 - Oct 21, 1972
Cry for Us All
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Mitch Leigh
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
Apr 08, 1970 - Apr 15, 1970
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
Nov 22, 1965 - Jun 26, 1971
Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Original]
  • Incidental music by Mitch Leigh
Mar 28, 1964 - Apr 04, 1964
Too True to Be Good
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Incidental music by Mitch Leigh
Mar 12, 1963 - Jun 01, 1963
Touring ProductionsDates of Touring Productions
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Mitch Leigh
Feb 13, 2001 - May 12, 2002
Dreamgirls
[Musical, Revival]
  • Produced in association with Mitch Leigh
Oct 07, 1997 - May 03, 1998
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Mitch Leigh
Feb 11, 1996 - Jun 22, 1997
1985 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical
The King and I [nominee]
Directed by Mitch Leigh
1966 Tony Award® Best Composer and Lyricist
winner Man of La Mancha [winner]
Music by Mitch Leigh
1966 Tony Award® Best Musical
winner Man of La Mancha [winner]
Music by Mitch Leigh
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