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Alfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023 - (Condition - 75-80%) - LP Record
Alfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023 - (Condition - 75-80%) - LP Record
Alfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023 - (Condition - 75-80%) - LP Record
Alfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023 - (Condition - 75-80%) - LP Record
Alfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023 - (Condition - 75-80%) - LP Record
Alfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023 - (Condition - 75-80%) - LP Record
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Alfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023 - (Condition - 75-80%) - LP Record

Kismet is a musical with lyrics and musical adaptation (as well as some original music) by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin, and a book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, based on Kismet, the 1911 play by Edward Knoblock. The story concerns a wily poet who talks his way out of trouble several times; meanwhile, his beautiful daughter meets and falls in love with the young Caliph. The musical was first produced on Broadway in 1953 and won the Tony Award for best musical in 1954. It was also successful in London's West End and has been given several revivals. A 1955 film version was released by MGM.
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. Lester had previously produced Song of Norway, with the same composing team, adapting the melodies of Edvard Grieg. For Kismet, the writers seized upon the melodies of Alexander Borodin, which they felt had a suitable exotic flavor and lush melodies.

Kismet premiered in Los Angeles and then moved to San Francisco in the summer and autumn of 1953. A successful change during the tryouts was to transform the character of Hajj from being merely a beggar to also being a poet. Charles Lederer became producer as well as book writer. The production moved to Broadway on December 3, 1953, playing at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The director was Albert Marre, with choreography by Jack Cole and sumptuous settings and costumes by Lemuel Ayers. The original cast starred Alfred Drake as the poet Hajj, Doretta Morrow as his daughter Marsinah, Richard Kiley as the young Caliph of Baghdad, Henry Calvin as the Wazir and Joan Diener as Lalume, the vampy wife of the evil Wazir. Bodybuilder Steve Reeves played the wizard's guard, a mute role. Bill Johnson later took over the role of Hajj, and Elaine Malbin the role of Marsinah. Columbia Masterworks Records recorded the original Broadway cast in late 1953; the recording was later reissued on CD by Masterworks Broadway Records.

Record Details
TitleAlfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023
ProducerGoddard Lieberson
DirectorAlbert Marre
MusicAlexander Borodin
LyricsRobert Wright & George Forrest
SingerRichard Oneto, Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow, Joan Diener, Henry Calvin, Hal Hackett, Joan Diener, Henry Calvin, Richard Kiley, Henry Calvin & Lucy Andonian
GenreStage & Screen
Releasing Year1953
LanguageEnglish
LabelPhilips
Made InEngland
ManufacturePhilips Electrical Ltd.
Serial NoBBL 7023
  
Side One
  • Overture
 
  • Sands Of Time
 
  • Fate
 
  • Bazaar Of The Caravans
 
  • Not Since Nineveh
 
  • Boubles, Bangles And Beads
 
  • Stranger In Paradise
 
  • He's In Love
 
Side Two
  • Gesticulate
 
  • Night Of My Nights
 
  • Was I Wazir?
 
  • Rahadlakum
 
  • And This Is My Beloved
 
  • The Olive Tree
 
  • Zubbediya, Samaris's Dance
 
  • Finale Sands Of Time
 
Specification
Size12 Inches
Speed33 RPM
Record Condition75-80%
Cover ConditionExcellent

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Director
Director - 1Albert Marre
Lyrics
Lyrics - 1Robert Wright
Lyrics - 2George Forrest
Music
Music - 1Alexander Borodin
Producer
Producer - 1Goddard Lieberson
Record Details
GenreStage & Screen
LabelPhilips
LanguageEnglish
Releasing Year1953
Size12 Inches
Speed33 RPM
Singer
Singer - 1Richard Oneto
Singer - 2Alfred Drake
Singer - 3Doretta Morrow
Singer - 4Joan Diener
Singer - 5Henry Calvin
Singer - 6Hal Hackett
Singer - 7Joan Diener
Singer - 8Henry Calvin
Singer - 9Richard Kiley
Singer - 10Henry Calvin
Singer - 11Lucy Andonian
Songs
Side1 - Song1Overture
Side1 - Song2Sands Of Time
Side1 - Song3Fate
Side1 - Song4Bazaar Of The Caravans
Side1 - Song5Not Since Nineveh
Side1 - Song6Boubles, Bangles And Beads
Side1 - Song7Stranger In Paradise
Side1 - Song8He's In Love
Side2 - Song1Gesticulate
Side2 - Song2Night Of My Nights
Side2 - Song3Was I Wazir?
Side2 - Song4Rahadlakum
Side2 - Song5And This Is My Beloved
Side2 - Song6The Olive Tree
Side2 - Song7Zubbediya, Samaris's Dance
Side2 - Song8Finale Sands Of Time