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
Title Alfred Drake In Edwin Lester's Production Of Kismet - BBL - 7023
Producer Goddard Lieberson
Director Albert Marre
Music Alexander Borodin
Lyrics Robert Wright & George Forrest
Singer Richard Oneto, Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow, Joan Diener, Henry Calvin, Hal Hackett, Joan Diener, Henry Calvin, Richard Kiley, Henry Calvin & Lucy Andonian
Genre Stage & Screen
Releasing Year 1953
Language English
Label Philips
Made In England
Manufacture Philips Electrical Ltd.
Serial No BBL 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
Size 12 Inches
Speed 33 RPM
Record Condition 75-80%
Cover Condition Excellent
Director - 1 Albert Marre
Lyrics - 1 Robert Wright
Lyrics - 2 George Forrest
Music - 1 Alexander Borodin
Producer - 1 Goddard Lieberson
Record Details
Genre Stage & Screen
Label Philips
Language English
Releasing Year 1953
Size 12 Inches
Speed 33 RPM
Singer - 1 Richard Oneto
Singer - 2 Alfred Drake
Singer - 3 Doretta Morrow
Singer - 4 Joan Diener
Singer - 5 Henry Calvin
Singer - 6 Hal Hackett
Singer - 7 Joan Diener
Singer - 8 Henry Calvin
Singer - 9 Richard Kiley
Singer - 10 Henry Calvin
Singer - 11 Lucy Andonian
Side1 - Song1 Overture
Side1 - Song2 Sands Of Time
Side1 - Song3 Fate
Side1 - Song4 Bazaar Of The Caravans
Side1 - Song5 Not Since Nineveh
Side1 - Song6 Boubles, Bangles And Beads
Side1 - Song7 Stranger In Paradise
Side1 - Song8 He's In Love
Side2 - Song1 Gesticulate
Side2 - Song2 Night Of My Nights
Side2 - Song3 Was I Wazir?
Side2 - Song4 Rahadlakum
Side2 - Song5 And This Is My Beloved
Side2 - Song6 The Olive Tree
Side2 - Song7 Zubbediya, Samaris's Dance
Side2 - Song8 Finale Sands Of Time

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

  • Brand: Philips
  • Product Code: BBL 7023
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