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Kismet / Original Broadway Cast


Release Date: 10/06/2009 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 756202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Forrest
Performer:  Hal HackettTruman GaigeDoretta MorrowRichard Oneto,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kismet Pit Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Track Listing
1. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. Overture / Sands of Time
2. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. Rhymes Have I
3. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. Fate
4. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. Bazaar Of The Caravans
5. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. Not Since Nineveh
6. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. Baubles, Bangles And Beads
7. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. Stranger In Paradise
8. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. He's In Love!
9. Kismet, musical
Read more (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 1. Gesticulate
10. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 2. Night Of My Nights
11. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 2. Was I Wazir?
12. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 2. Rahadlakum
13. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 2. And This Is My Beloved
14. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 2. The Olive Tree
15. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 2. Zubbediya, Samahris' Dance
16. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Act 2. Finale: Sands Of Time
17. Stage Struck (Radio broadcast hosted by Mike Wallace): In The Studio [interview with producer Goddard Lieberson]
18. Stage Struck (Radio broadcast hosted by Mike Wallace): Interviews with Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow and George Forrest

Music composed by Alexander Borodin. Lyrics written by Robert Wright and George Forrest.

Principal cast includes: Alfred Drake (Hajj); Dorretta Morrow (Marsinah); Richard Kiley (The Caliph); Joan Diener (Lalume); Henry Calvin (The Wazir of Police); Truman Gaige (Jawan); Richard Oneto (The Bangle Man, Imam of the Mosque); Hal Hackett (second policeman); Florence Lessing (Princess Zubbediya of Damascus); Beatrice Kraft (Princess Samahris of Bangalore); Thelma Dare (Ayah to Samahris); Lucy Andonian (Ayah to Zubbediya); Gerald Cardoni (muezzin, dervish); Kirby Smith, Ralph Strane, Louis Polacek (muezzin); Jack Mei Ling (doorman); Philip Coolidge (Omar); Hal Hackett (Hassan-Ben); Jack Dodds (Akbar, dervish); Marc Wilder (Assiz); Earle MacVeigh (first beggar); Robert LaMont (second beggar); Rodolfo Silva (third beggar).

Producer: Goddard Lieberson.

Reissue producer: Gary Schultz.

Recorded December 6, 1953. Includes liner notes by Didier C. Deutsch.

Digitally remastered by Andreas Meyer.

Lyricists: George Forrest; Robert Wright .

Personnel: Hal Hackett, Doretta Morrow, Henry Calvin, Lucy Andonian, Richard Oneto, Sandra Stahl, Joan Diener , Alfred Drake, Richard Kiley (vocals).

Liner Note Author: Didier C. Deutsch.

Recording information: 12/06/1953.

Photographers: Guy Gillette; Dan Weiner.

Lyricists and musical adaptors Robert C. Wright and George Forrest first succeeded on Broadway in 1944 with Song of Norway, in which they turned the music of Edvard Grieg into show tunes as a means of giving him a stage biography. In subsequent years, they attempted to repeat this trick with Victor Herbert, Franz Lehar, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, all without success until they hit upon the curious idea of using the music of Russian composer Alexander Borodin in a musical adaptation of Edward Knoblock's 1911 play Kismet, a fable about a poet-beggar in Baghdad who becomes emir in a single day and marries his daughter off to the caliph. Originating (as had Song of Norway) with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Association, the production moved to Broadway on December 3, 1953. With a newspaper strike raging in New York, there were no reviews and no print advertising, but Tony Bennett's cover recording of "Stranger in Paradise" from the score (its tune adapted from Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances") had hit the pop charts a week earlier, and its rising popularity drew customers to the show. It also had a superior cast going for it, led by well-established Broadway star Alfred Drake (Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate) and Doretta Morrow (moving up from her supporting role in The King and I), and also featuring two stars on the rise in their first important roles, Richard Kiley and Joan Diener. It was this duo, in fact, who got to sing "Stranger in Paradise," while Morrow handled the tuneful "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," and Drake had fun with "Rhymes Have I," "Fate," and "Gesticulate." As a score, Kismet managed to sound exotic yet still familiar, and the original Broadway cast performed the songs to perfection, making this an outstanding album. Kismet won six 1954 Tony Awards, including those for best musical, leading actor (Drake), and composer (Borodin, who had been dead for 67 years!). It ran 583 performances on Broadway. This album peaked at number four in the Billboard chart, where it was listed for 23 weeks.
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Works on This Recording

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Kismet by George Forrest
Performer:  Hal Hackett (Voice), Truman Gaige (Voice), Doretta Morrow (Voice),
Richard Oneto (Voice), Henry Calvin (Voice), Alfred Drake (Voice),
Joan Diener (Voice), Richard Kiley (Voice), Florence Lessing (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kismet Pit Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Length: 51 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: : Louis Adrian. 

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