Joe Darion (30 January 1917 — 16 June 2001)[1] was an American musical theatre lyricist, most famous for Man of La Mancha, which is considered, by some critics, as a precursor to 1980s sung-through musicals such as Les Miserables.[2]

Darion was born in New York City and died in Lebanon, New Hampshire.


  1. ^ Stephen Holden (19 June 2001). "Joe Darion, 90, Lyricist of 'Man of La Mancha'". The New York Times. p. A 21. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Joe Darion, Tony-Winning Lyricist of Man of La Mancha, Dead at 90". Playbill. Retrieved 2022-03-08.