Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh & Joe Darion / Jacques Brel, Michael De Cock & Junior Mthombeni / KVS, De Munt/La Monnaie & Théâtre De Liège
KVS, La Monnaie and Théâtre de Liège unite to translate Cervantes’ and Brel’s masterpiece to the city of tomorrow and today
4 October 1968. At La Monnaie in Brussels, the American musical Man of La Mancha – with book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion – premieres, translated to French by none other than Jacques Brel, with Brel himself in the lead role.
Ten years later, on 9 October 1978, the world-famous Brussels chansonnier dies. Only once throughout his impressive career does Brel adopt the work of other artists: for L’Homme de La Mancha. Because he loves the musical so much, and strongly identifies with Cervantes’ legendary hero Don Quixote.