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Timbuktu!   
A Musical Fable based on "Kismet"

 
Mark Hellinger Theatre, (3/01/1978 - 9/10/1978)
First Preview: Feb 09, 1978 Total Previews: 22
Opening Date: Mar 01, 1978    
Closing Date: Sep 10, 1978 Total Performances: 221

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Timbuktu, in the Ancient Empire of Mali, West Africa. In the year 1361 (of Islam 752).
Comments: Program Note: The Real City of Timbuktu: "Timbuktu was Moslem, black, opulent, and remote. Travelers died in attempts to cross the Sahara in search of this fabled city, and so its reputation grew even faster than its wealth. When one of the rulers, Mansa Musa, made a pilgrimage to Mecca in the year 1324, he brought with him a vast retinue of thousands and gave away so much gold that the price of gold fell ten to fifteen percent in the money markets of Cairo."



Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization
Produced by Luther Davis; Produced in association with Sarnoff International Enterprises, William D. Cunningham and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Associate Producer: Alan Eichler
Music by Robert Wright and George Forrest; Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest; Book by Luther Davis; Based on the musical by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis; From the play by Edward Knoblock; Musical Director: Charles H. Coleman; Music arranged by Charles H. Coleman; Incidental music by Charles H. Coleman; Additional orchestrations by Bill Brohn
Directed by Geoffrey Holder; Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
Scenic Design by Tony Straiges; Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder; Lighting Design by Ian Calderon; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Special Assistant to Mr. Straiges: Kate Edmunds; Special Assistant to Mr. Calderon: Marilyn Lowey; Wig Design by Stanley James; Make-Up Design by Stanley James
General Manager: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.; Company Manager: Drew Murphy
Production Stage Manager: Donald Christy; Stage Manager: Jeanna Belkin and Pat Trott
Music from African folk music; and themes of Alexander Borodin; Musical Supervisor: Charles H. Coleman; Musical Coordinator: Earl Shendell
Playbill Cover Illustration by Geoffrey Holder
Asst. to the Choreographer: Miguel Godreau; General Press Representative: Solters & Roskin, Inc., Joshua Ellis and Milly Schoenbaum; Assistant to the Director: Donald Christy; Advertising: Matthew Serino & Associates; Photographer: Martha Swope; Dance Captain: Miguel Godreau
Cast
Eartha KittShaleem-La-Lume
Wife of Wives to the Wazir
Melba MooreMarsinah
Daughter of Hadji
Gilbert PriceThe Mansa of Mali
Daniel BartonM'Ballah of the River
Citizen of Timbuktu
George Bell
Broadway debut
The Wazir
Miguel GodreauMunshi
Bodyservant to the Mansa
Bird in Paradise
Ira HawkinsHadji
Bruce A. HubbardChief Policeman
Eleanor McCoyNajua
Bodyservant to Sahleem-La-Lume
Bird in Paradise
Obba BabatundéThe Chakaba
Stiltwalker
Orange Merchant
Antelope
Citizen of Timbuktu
Gregg BakerCitizen of Timbuktu
Joella BreedloveCitizen of Timbuktu
Deborah K. BrownOne of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
Citizen of Timbuktu
Tony CarrollCitizen of Timbuktu
Sharon CuffOne of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
Citizen of Timbuktu
Cheryl CummingsCitizen of Timbuktu
Luther FontaineAntelope
Citizen of Timbuktu
Michael F. HarrisonCitizen of Timbuktu
Dyane HarveyCitizen of Timbuktu
Marzetta JonesCitizen of Timbuktu
Jimmy JusticeCitizen of Timbuktu
Eugene LittleCitizen of Timbuktu
Patricia LumpkinOne of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
Citizen of Timbuktu
Joe LynnCitizen of Timbuktu
Tony NdogoCitizen of Timbuktu
Harold PiersonBeggar
Witchdoctor
Citizen of Timbuktu
Ray PollardCitizen of Timbuktu
Shezwae PowellBeggar
Woman in the Garden
Citizen of Timbuktu
Ronald RichardsonCitizen of Timbuktu
Vanessa ShawZubbediya
Citizen of Timbuktu
Louis TuckerBeggar
Citizen of Timbuktu
Deborah WallerChild
Citizen of Timbuktu
Renée WarrenCitizen of Timbuktu
Swings: Rodney Green and Jan Hazell
Understudies: Gregg Baker (Hadji), Joella Breedlove (One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane), Dyane Harvey (Bird in Paradise, Najua), Bruce A. Hubbard (The Mansa of Mali), Jimmy Justice (M'Ballah of the River), Eugene Little (Bird in Paradise, Munshi), Tony Ndogo (Antelope), Shezwae Powell (Shaleem-La-Lume), Ronald Richardson (Chief Policeman), Vanessa Shaw (Marsinah) and Louis Tucker (The Wazir)
Tony Award®
 1978 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Gilbert Price
 1978 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Eartha Kitt
 1978 Best Costume Design [nominee] 
  Geoffrey Holder
 1978 Most Innovative Production of a Revival [nominee] 
 Produced by Luther Davis
Drama Desk Award
 1978 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 
  Geoffrey Holder
 1978 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 
  Geoffrey Holder

ACT 1 Sung By
Rhymes Have IHadji, Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji) and Beggars
FateHadji
In the Beginning, WomanShaleem-La-Lume (Wife of Wives to the Wazir)
Baubles, Bangles and BeadsMarsinah (Daughter of Hadji) and Merchants
Stranger in ParadiseThe Mansa of Mali and Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji)
GesticulateHadji and Council
Night of My NightsThe Mansa of Mali and Courtiers
ACT 2 Sung By
My Magic LampMarsinah (Daughter of Hadji)
Stranger in Paradise (Reprise) Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji)
RahadlakumShaleem-La-Lume (Wife of Wives to the Wazir) and Ladies of the Harem
And This Is My BelovedHadji, Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji), The Mansa of Mali and The Wazir
Golden Land, Golden LifeChief Policeman and Nobles of the Court
ZubbediyaZubbediya, Princess, Marriage Candidates and Acrobat
Night of My Nights (Reprise) The Mansa of Mali, Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji), Hadji and Nobles of the Court
Sands of TimeHadji and Shaleem-La-Lume (Wife of Wives to the Wazir)