[ in the press ]
via Associated Press
NEW YORK — Mitch Leigh, a successful advertising jingle writer with an exuberantly entrepreneurial side whose debut attempt at writing music for a Broadway show became the instant, celebrated hit Man of La Mancha and earned him a Tony Award, has died. He was 86.
Leigh died Sunday in New York of pneumonia and complications from a stroke. A memorial was held yesterday afternoon in Manhattan and all Broadway theater marquees will dim in his honor for one minute at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.
“Mitch would have enjoyed every 60 seconds of that minute. He would have been honored. It’s really, really wonderful news on a day of gloomy news here,” his wife, artist Abby Leigh, said Monday. MORE