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Mitch Leigh (born January 30, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Jewish American musical theatre composer and theatrical producer best known for the show Man Of La Mancha.

Born Irwin Michnick and graduating from Yale (1951 Bachelor of Music, 1952 Master of Music) [1] under Paul Hindemith, he began as a jazz musician and writing commercials for radio and television. In 1965 he teamed up 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, Man Of La Mancha opened on Broadway and ran for 2,328 performances.

Leigh's wife is American painter Abby Leigh. He has three children, including the director Eve Leigh.


Leigh won a Tony Award for composing the music for Man Of La Mancha. He was also nominated for a Tony Award as the director of the revival of The King and I starring Yul Brynner.


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