2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1953)
Packed with mirth, mayhem and romance, Kismet has enough adventure and delight to last at least 1001 Arabian nights!
With 3 TONY Awards (including Best Musical), a television version, and an MGM smash film, Kismet is one of the most renowned musicals to grace the Great White Way. Kismet has proven a winner with audiences time and again, thanks to its exotic setting, appealing characters and wry sense of humor, not to mention a lush score adapted from the soaring melodies of Alexander Borodin.
A series of well-navigated, sticky circumstances have landed the quick witted Public Poet in opulence. His rolling in gold is cut short when his maneuvering comes full circle, though, and he is forced in front of the Wazir who is set to chop off The Poet's hand. As luck would have it, a last minute realization stays the Wazir hand and save The Poet's. The wild ride continues as The Poet's daughter falls in love with the handsome Caliph, The Poet falls in love with one of the Wazir's concubine, and everyone falls in love with the whirlwind of occurrences that could only happen on an Arabian Night!
Kismet is a surefire hit! Comedy reigns supreme in its masterful libretto and delicious melodies abound in Kismet's score thanks to the creative geniuses behind Grand Hotel and writer responsible for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It's a must produce for theatre companies across the world!
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The part of Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, was originally written for Phil Silvers. Both he and Milton Berle turned down the role, leaving Zero Mostel, to create one of the most legendary characters in musical comedy.