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Kismet   

 
Ziegfeld Theatre , (12/03/1953 - 4/23/1955)
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Opening Date:Dec 03, 1953   
Closing Date:Apr 23, 1955 Total Performances:583

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Baghdad


Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by Billy Rose
Produced by Charles Lederer
Originally produced by Edwin Lester
With Music From Alexander Borodin; Musical Adaptation by Robert Wright and George Forrest; Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest; Book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis; From the play by Edward Knoblock; Music orchestrated by Arthur Kay; Choral arrangements by Arthur Kay; Musical Director: Louis Adrian
Directed by Albert Marre; Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Jack Cole
Scenic Design by Lemuel Ayers; Costume Design by Lemuel Ayers; Lighting Design by Peggy Clark; Assistant to Mr. Ayers: Robert O'Hearn and Frank Thompson
Company Manager: Harry Essex
Production Manager: Peter Bronte; Stage Manager: Phil Friedman
Choral Director: Christine Ell and William Ellfeldt; Orchestra Manager: Morris Stonzek
Scenic Artist: Phil Raiguel
Press Representative: Barry Hyams and Martin Shwartz; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner
Cast
Alfred Drake Public Poet, later called Hajj
Henry Calvin The Wazir of Police
Joan Diener Lalume
Richard Kiley The Caliph
Doretta Morrow Marsinah
Haji's Daughter
Neile Adams Diwan Dancer
Dancer
Lucy Andonian Ayah to Zubbediya
Gerald Cardoni Muezzin
Singer
Tom Charlesworth Chief Policeman
Philip Coolidge Omar
Anita Coulter Singer
Patricia Dale Dancer
Thelma Dare Ayah to Samaris
Singer
Jack Dodds Dervish
Akbar
Diwan Dancer
Patricia Dunn Princess of Ababu
Bonnie Evans Princess of Ababu
Stephen Ferry Wazir's Guard
Truman Gaige Jawan
Hal Hackett Hassan-Ben
Second Policeman
Lila Jackson Slave Girl
Singer
Devra Kline Dancer
Beatrice Kraft Princess Samaris of Bangalore
Mario Lamm Attendant
Robert Lamont Second Beggar
Singer
Florence Lessing Street Dancer
Princess Zubbediya of Damascus
Earle MacVeigh First Beggar
A Peddler
Prosecutor
Jack Mei Ling Doorman
Jo Ann O'Connell Street Woman
Singer
Carol Ohmart Slave Girl
Richard Oneto Imam of the Mosque
The Bangle Man
Singer
Joyce Palmer Slave Girl
Louis Polacek Muezzin
Singer
Steve Reeves Wazir's Guard
Ania Romaine Dancer
George E. Romaine Dancer
Reiko Sato Princess of Ababu
Rodolfo Silva Third Beggar
Barbara Slate The Widow Yussef
Singer
Kirby Smith Muezzin
A Merchant
Singer
Vida Ann Solomon Dancer
Sandra Stahl Slave Girl
Roberta Stevenson Dancer
Ralph Strane Muezzin
Singer
Lynne Stuart Street Woman
Singer
Erica Twiford Singer
Richard Vine A Servant
Singer
John Weidemann Attendant
Marc Wilder Dervish
Assiz
Diwan Dancer
George Yarick Singer
Understudies: Earle MacVeigh (Public Poet, later called Hajj), Jo Ann O'Connell (Marsinah), Roberta Stevenson (Princess of Ababu) and Richard Vine (Omar)
Theatre World
nominee 1954 Award [recipient]
Joan Diener
Tony Award®
winner 1954 Best Musical [winner]
Book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis; With Music From Alexander Borodin; Musical Adaptation by Robert Wright and George Forrest; Produced by Charles Lederer
winner 1954 Best Actor in a Musical [winner]
Alfred Drake
winner 1954 Musical Conductor [winner]
Musical Director: Louis Adrian
ACT 1Sung By
Sands of Time Imam of the Mosque
Rhymes Have I Hajj and Marsinah (Haji's Daughter)
Fate Hajj
Bazaar of the Caravans Street Dancer, Akbar, Assiz, Merchants and Shoppers
Not Since Nineveh Lalume, The Wazir of Police, Three Princesses of Ababu, Akbar, Assiz, Merchants and Shoppers
Baubles, Bangles and Beads Marsinah (Haji's Daughter)
Stranger in Paradise Caliph and Marsinah (Haji's Daughter)
He's in Love! Chief Policeman, Second Policeman, Prosecutor, Three Princesses of Ababu, Akbar, Assiz, Caliph and Omar
Gesticulate Hajj and Wazir's Council
Fate (Reprise)Hajj and Ladies of the Wazir's Harem
ACT 2Sung By
Night of My Nights Caliph and Entourage
Stranger in Paradise (Reprise) Marsinah (Haji's Daughter)
Baubles, Bangles, and Beads (Reprise) The Caliph
He's in Love! (Reprise) Entourage
Was I Wazir? The Wazir of Police, Policemen and Guards
Rahadlakum Hajj, Lalume, Princess Zubbediya of Damascus, Princess Samaris of Bangalore, Three Princesses of Ababu and Ladies of Wazir's Harem
And This Is My Beloved Marsinah (Haji's Daughter), Caliph, Hajj and The Wazir of Police
The Olive Tree Hajj
Ceremonial of the Caliph's Diwan Diwan Dancers
Presentation of Princesses Princess Zubbediya of Damascus, Ayah, Princess Samaris of Bangalore and Princess of Ababu
Finale Ensemble and Hajj