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Encyclopedia > Kismet (musical)

Kismet is a musical written in 1953 by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin. The art of singing and dancing in a prepared fictional play has been a time-honored tradition ranging to the early days of civilization. ... 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Robert Wright (born Daytona Beach, Florida, September 25, 1914; died Miami, Florida, October 10, 1999) was a United States writer of musical theatre best known for the show Kismet, adapted from the works of Alexander Borodin. ... People named George Forrest include: George Forrest (author) (1915-) - American author and musician George Forrest (botanist) (1873-1932) - British botanist and plant collector George Forrest (businessman) - Belgian businessman established in Katanga This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Borodins tomb bust at Tikhvin Cemetery Alexander Porfyrevich Borodin (Алекса́ндр Порфи́рьевич Бороди́н) (November 12, 1833 – February 27, 1887) was a Russian composer who made his living as a chemist. ...


It premiered on December 3, 1953 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York in the middle of a newspaper strike, and despite the lack of reviews was a hit, running for 583 performances. The original production starred Alfred Drake as the poet Hajj, Doretta Morrow as his daughter Marsinah, Richard Kiley as the young Caliph of Baghdad, and Joan Diener as the vampy wife of the evil Wazir. The show was even more successful in London's West End, enjoying a 648-show run at the Stoll Theatre. December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki (R) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... Alfred Drake (born Alfred Capurro) (October 7, 1914 - July 25, 1992) is a Broadway theater performer best known for his appearances in the musicals Babes in Arms, Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate, and Kismet. ... Richard Paul Kiley (31 March 1922 – 5 March 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor, though he is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series. ... West End is the name of some places in the world, including: The West End of London, England West End Theatre, is where many of Londons major theatres are located and premier cinema screenings take place. ...


The songs include "Fate" (based on Borodin's Symphony No.2), "Not Since Nineveh" (based on Polovtsian Dances), "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" (based on String Quartet in D), "Stranger In Paradise" (based on Polovtsian Dances, and covered by many artists including Bing Crosby and Tony Bennett), and "And This Is My Beloved" (String Quartet in D). Fate is a popular song. ... Not Since Nineveh is a popular song. ... Baubles, Bangles & Beads is a popular song. ... The String Quartet No. ... Stranger in Paradise is a popular song. ... Bing wooed fans with a sensuous voice, wit, and good looks. ... Tony Bennett, 2000 Tony Bennett (born August 3, 1926) is an American popular music, standards, and jazz singer who is widely considered to be one of the best interpretative singers in these genres. ... And This Is My Beloved is a popular song. ...


It was made into a film in 1955 starring Howard Keel and Ann Blyth. 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Howard Keel, born Harold Clifford Leek (April 13, 1919–November 7, 2004) was an American actor who starred in many of the classic film musicals of the 1950s. ... Blyth with costar Farley Granger - Our Very Own (1950) Ann Marie Blyth (born August 16, 1928 in Mount Kisco, New York) is an American actress and singer, most often cast in Hollywood musicals, but who also succeeded in the dramatic roles she was given. ...


Synopsis

The show follows a poor poet-gone-beggar, Hajj, who sells rhymes on street corners, and his daughter Marsinah through an eastern tale of magical curses and evil potentates.


External Link

Internet Broadway Database entry for Kismet


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