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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

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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
Company Manager: Harry Essex
Production Manager: Peter Bronte; Stage Manager: Phil Friedman
Choral Director: Christine Ell and William Ellfeldt; Orchestra Manager: Morris Stonzek
Press Representative: Barry Hyams and Martin Shwartz; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner
Alfred DrakePublic Poet, later called Hajj
Henry CalvinThe Wazir of Police
Joan DienerLalume
Richard KileyThe Caliph
Doretta MorrowMarsinah
Haji's Daughter
Neile AdamsDiwan Dancer
Lucy AndonianAyah to Zubbediya
Gerald CardoniMuezzin
Tom CharlesworthChief Policeman
Philip CoolidgeOmar
Anita CoulterSinger
Patricia DaleDancer
Thelma DareAyah to Samaris
Jack DoddsDervish
Diwan Dancer
Patricia DunnPrincess of Ababu
Bonnie EvansPrincess of Ababu
Stephen FerryWazir's Guard
Truman GaigeJawan
Hal HackettHassan-Ben
Second Policeman
Lila JacksonSlave Girl
Devra KlineDancer
Beatrice KraftPrincess Samaris of Bangalore
Mario LammAttendant
Robert LamontSecond Beggar
Florence LessingStreet Dancer
Princess Zubbediya of Damascus
Earle MacVeighFirst Beggar
A Peddler
Jack Mei LingDoorman
Jo Ann O'ConnellStreet Woman
Carol OhmartSlave Girl
Richard OnetoImam of the Mosque
The Bangle Man
Joyce PalmerSlave Girl
Louis PolacekMuezzin
Steve ReevesWazir's Guard
Ania RomaineDancer
George E. RomaineDancer
Reiko SatoPrincess of Ababu
Rodolfo SilvaThird Beggar
Barbara SlateThe Widow Yussef
Kirby SmithMuezzin
A Merchant
Vida Ann SolomonDancer
Sandra StahlSlave Girl
Roberta StevensonDancer
Ralph StraneMuezzin
Lynne StuartStreet Woman
Erica TwifordSinger
Richard VineA Servant
John WeidemannAttendant
Marc WilderDervish
Diwan Dancer
George YarickSinger
Understudies: Earle MacVeigh (Public Poet, later called Hajj), Jo Ann O'Connell (Marsinah), Roberta Stevenson (Princess of Ababu) and Richard Vine (Omar)
Theatre World
winner 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 1 Sung By
Sands of TimeImam of the Mosque
Rhymes Have IHajj and Marsinah (Haji's Daughter)
Bazaar of the CaravansStreet Dancer, Akbar, Assiz, Merchants and Shoppers
Not Since NinevehLalume, The Wazir of Police, Three Princesses of Ababu, Akbar, Assiz, Merchants and Shoppers
Baubles, Bangles and BeadsMarsinah (Haji's Daughter)
Stranger in ParadiseCaliph and Marsinah (Haji's Daughter)
He's in Love!Chief Policeman, Second Policeman, Prosecutor, Three Princesses of Ababu, Akbar, Assiz, Caliph and Omar
GesticulateHajj and Wazir's Council
Fate (Reprise) Hajj and Ladies of the Wazir's Harem
ACT 2 Sung By
Night of My NightsCaliph 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
RahadlakumHajj, Lalume, Princess Zubbediya of Damascus, Princess Samaris of Bangalore, Three Princesses of Ababu and Ladies of Wazir's Harem
And This Is My BelovedMarsinah (Haji's Daughter), Caliph, Hajj and The Wazir of Police
The Olive TreeHajj
Ceremonial of the Caliph's DiwanDiwan Dancers
Presentation of PrincessesPrincess Zubbediya of Damascus, Ayah, Princess Samaris of Bangalore and Princess of Ababu
FinaleEnsemble and Hajj