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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1954!
In 1954, Kismet captured the Tony Award for Best Musical. Based upon a book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis and the music of Alexander Borodin, the show became a fast favorite on Broadway. Opening on December 3, 1953, the show would run for 583 performances at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
Kismet - original cast album
The Story:

    The show is a musical extravaganza conjuring up the luxuriant and exotic Arabian Nights. From the brilliant Bazaar of the Caravans to the moonlit gardens of old Baghdad, the romantic story follows a poet who becomes Emir in a single, miraculous day.

The Music and Lyrics:

    Music adaptation and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest

The Producers:

    Charles Lederer and Edwin Lester

The Directors:

    Albert Marre

The Choreographers:

    Jack Cole

The Opening:

    December 3, 1953, at the Ziegfeld Theatre

The Cast:

  • Alfred Drake
  • Richard Kiley
  • Joan Dienner
  • Doretta Morrow
  • Henry Calvin

The Songs:

  • Sands of Time
  • Rhymes Have I
  • Fate
  • Bazaar of the Caravans
  • Not Since Nineveh
  • Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
  • Strander in Paradise
  • He's in Love
  • Gesticulate
  • Night of My Nights
  • Was I Wazir?
  • Rahadlakum
  • And This is My Beloved
  • The Olive Tree
  • Zubbediya
  • Bored
  • The Hand of Fate
  • Stolen Oranges
  • Paradise Garden
  • The Poets Meet

The Other Awards:

  • unknown
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