The Impossible Dream

Album: Man Of La Mancha (1965)


  • Also known as "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" and "(The Quest) The Impossible Dream", this is the one outstanding song from an award winning but otherwise unremarkable musical, Man Of La Mancha. Written in the unusual time signature of 9/8, the man with the impossible dream is of course Don Quixote, who was better known for tilting at windmills.

    Like the rest of the show, the lyrics were written by Joe Darion, and the music was composed by Mitch Leigh.
  • Since it was first performed in public at the Goodspeed Opera House, Connecticut in 1965 and later the same year, November 22, presented by Albert W. Selden and Hal James at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre, New York City with Richard Kiley in the lead role, this song has become a standard and has been widely recorded. In the 1972 film version, the lead was played by Peter O'Toole but Don Quixote's voice was dubbed by Simon Gilbert. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • Michelle Pfeiffer sang this in the 1996 romantic drama Up Close & Personal.

Comments: 6

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyMay Mr. Nabors R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 22nd 1965, the original Broadway production of the musical 'Man of La Mancha', starring Richard Kiley, Joan Diener, Ray Middleton, Irving Jacobson, Jon Cypher, and Gino Conforti, opened at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre in New York City..
    The musical ran for 2,328 performances...
    It was nominated for seven Tony Awards; it won the award for 'Best Musical', plus four other Tonys...
    Three covered versions of the song "The Impossible Dream", which was featured in the musical and performed by Don Quixote, have made the Billboard Hot Top 100 chart; by Jack Jones* {#35 in 1966}, the Hesitations {#42 in 1968}, and Roger Williams' instrumental version reached #55 in 1968...
    * And on July 17th, 1966 Jack Jones' version peaked at #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart; it replaced "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra, which had been #1 for seven weeks.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 10th 1968, "The Impossible Dream" by the Hesitations entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and five weeks later on April 14th, 1968 it peaked at #42 {for 2 weeks} and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    The Cleveland group had four other records make the Top 100* chart; "Born Free" {#38}, "Climb Every Mountain" {#90}, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" {#67}, and "A Whiter Shade of Pale" {#100}...
    * And all five of their Top 100 records charted in 1968 and they all were covered versions.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 20th 1966, Richard Kiley performed "Impossible Dream" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    The song was featured in the Broadway musical 'The Man from La Mancha'...
    The play won the Tony Award for Best Musical, while Richard Kiley received a Tony for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical...
    Plus the musical won three other Tony Awards; Best Direction, Best Original Score, and Best Scenic Design.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 5th 1967, Jim 'Gomer Pyle' Nabors performed "The Impossible Dream" on the CBS-TV program 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'...
    His version of the song didn't make Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart but three other artists did chart with it; in 1966 Jack Jones peaked at #35 with the song, and in 1968 The Hesitations reached #42 and also in 1968 Roger Williams' instrumental version peaked at #55...
    In addition Jack Jones' version peaked at #1 (for 1 week) on July 17th, 1966 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
  • Adrian from Johor Bahru, MalaysiaThis song could be indirectly referring to Christ especially the lyrics which depicts a man scorn and covered with scars just like Jesus who was tortured before being crucified.
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