The New York City Center Encores! – The Wazir of Police, Policemen and Guards, "Rahadlakum"* – Hajj, Lalume, Princess Zubbediya of Damascus, Princess Samaris of Bangalore, Three Princesses and Wazir's Harem, "Ceremonial of the Caliph's Diwan" – Diwan Dancers, "Presentation of Princesses" – Princess Zubbediya of Damascus, Ayah, Princess Samaris of Bangalore and Three Princesses of Ababu, This page was last edited on 5 September 2020, at 05:21. Columbia Masterworks Records recorded the original Broadway cast in late 1953; the recording was later reissued on CD by Masterworks Broadway Records. Bodybuilder Steve Reeves played the wizard's guard, a mute role.  The strike may have ultimately assisted the popularity of the show, since the reviews, arriving a few weeks after the opening, were not all favorable. The director was Albert Marre, with choreography by Jack Cole and sumptuous settings and costumes by Lemuel Ayers. The music was mostly adapted from several pieces composed by Alexander Borodin. It was also successful in London's West End and has been given several revivals. The musical was commissioned by Edwin Lester, founder and director of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, who conceived of a musical based on the 1911 play Kismet by Edward Knoblock. An abridged 1964 Capitol version was conducted by Van Alexander with Gordon MacRae as Hajj and the Caliph, Dorothy Kirsten (Marsinah), Bunny Bishop (Lalume), Johnny Guarnieri, Richard Levitt, Salli Terri and the Roger Wagner Chorale. As the two couples unite, the poet reflects on the fleetingness of "The Sands of Time". Hassen-Ben, a huge man from the desert, mistakes him for Hajj and kidnaps him.  Charles Lederer became producer as well as book writer. Three beggars sit outside the temple, but the fourth, Hajj, has gone to Mecca. The show opened on Broadway in the midst of a newspaper strike, and since newspaper reviews were unavailable, the producers used television advertising to promote the show. As Hajj curses the wazir, a guard bursts in with news that they have captured Jawan. The wazir is distraught: if the caliph does not marry a princess of Ababu, the wazir will be ruined. Hajj gives his daughter half of the money and leaves.  The production moved to Broadway on December 3, 1953, playing at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Hajj enters and tells her of his situation and says that they must flee immediately to Damascus, but Marsinah refuses to go. ", Kismet was even more successful in London's West End, enjoying a 648 performance run at the Stoll Theatre commencing in April 1955. "Bored" was written for and cut from the original production; it was performed by. In return for the money lent from the king of Ababu, the wazir must arrange for the caliph to marry one (or all three) of the princesses of Ababu, who perform a sexy dance. The music for the latter was originally used in the Wright and Forrest song "I'm Going Moroccan for Johnny.". Now he wants the curse removed. When the wazir sees he is gone, he clutches the cloak in amazement and faints. Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, "City Opera: 'Kismet' Makes Season Debut", "Internet Broadway Database listing, 'Timbuktu! The poet threatens to curse those who do not give him money and soon earns a few coins ("Fate"). The young caliph and his advisor, Omar Khayyam, have been traveling incognito. The old brigand is brought in and asks Hajj where his son is. Thus, the soundtrack to Kismet remained inferior to the Original Broadway Cast album, despite boasting an unusually strong-voiced cast itself, led by Howard Keel and including Vic Damone (who got to sing "Stranger in Paradise") and Ann Blyth ("Baubles, Bangles and Beads"). Music Adapted by Bob Wright (as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest (as George Forrest) Lyrics by Bob Wright (as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest (as George Forrest) Sung by Dolores Gray and chorus … According to Richard E. Rodda in his 2008 liner notes to recordings of Borodin works, Robert Wright and George Forrest specialized in "turning melodies from classical music into film scores and popular songs". The lovely Lalume, attracted to the handsome poet, begs her husband for forgiveness, but the Wazir is not convinced and orders his guards to drag Hajj off to punishment. "For the leading judge of Mesopotamia to have as a father the leading criminal of Mesopotamia," he says, is "a disturbing thought.". The following Borodin works were used as musical sources for Kismet: Kismet premiered in Los Angeles and then moved to San Francisco in the summer and autumn of 1953. Her father arrives to rescue her, giving the man money. The original cast st… He takes a blank plaque and throws it in a pool, proclaiming that when it is retrieved, it will read the name of the caliph's fated bride. At the wazir's palace, Hajj is on trial for the theft of 100 pieces of gold. Back in the city, the wazir of police comes through the busy bazaar ("Bazaar of the Caravans"). His beautiful daughter Marsinah joins in the sales pitch, but they have no success ("Rhymes Have I"). Realizing what has happened, Hajj pulls a knife, but has a better idea.  The musical was revived in 2007 by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum and starred West End musical veteran Michael Ball, Faith Prince and Alfie Boe. Elsewhere, Hajj is basking in the glow of some scantily-dressed slave girls he has just bought, when he is stopped by the police, who are checking identities because they are looking for Jawan. The wazir, hoping to convince the caliph that only wanting one wife is just a phase, shows him his harem through a peephole where he sees Marsinah. Marsinah is being pursued by a fruit merchant whose wares she has stolen. Lalume convinces them that Baghdad is much more exciting than any other place on earth ("Not Since Nineveh"). – Chief Policeman, Second Policeman, Prosecutor, Three Princesses of Ababu, Akbar, Assiz, Caliph and Omar, "Fate" (Reprise) – Hajj and Ladies of the Wazir's Harem, "Night of My Nights" – Caliph and Entourage, "Stranger in Paradise" (Reprise) – Marsinah, "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads" (Reprise) – The Caliph, "Was I Wazir?" The caliph, heartbroken, agrees to choose his wife-of-wives that night during his diwan.  In 1994, BBC Radio 2 broadcast a complete production starring Ethan Freeman as Hajj, Julia Migenes as Lalume, Stephen Hill as the Caliph, Katrina Murphy as Marsinah, Frank Middlemass as Omar Kayyam and David Adler as the Wazir, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Alwyn. Jawan praises the power of the great magician, Hajj, a man who has the power to curse and uncurse. , The musical was revived at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater, starting on June 22, 1965, for 39 performances and starring Drake, Lee Venora, Anne Jeffreys, and Henry Calvin. ), Kismet~Dance of the Three Princesses (Not Since Nineveh). Jawan leaves for Baghdad to search for his son, and Hajj rejoices in his new-found riches ("Fate" (reprise)). (Reprise) – Ensemble "Was I Wazir?"