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Timbuktu!    A Musical Fable based on "Kismet"

Mark Hellinger Theatre, (3/01/1978 - 9/10/1978)
First Preview: Feb 09, 1978 Total Previews: 22
Opening Date: Mar 01, 1978    
Closing Date: Sep 10, 1978 Total Performances: 221

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Timbuktu, in the Ancient Empire of Mali, West Africa. In the year 1361 (of Islam 752).
Comments: Program Note: The Real City of Timbuktu: "Timbuktu was Moslem, black, opulent, and remote. Travelers died in attempts to cross the Sahara in search of this fabled city, and so its reputation grew even faster than its wealth. When one of the rulers, Mansa Musa, made a pilgrimage to Mecca in the year 1324, he brought with him a vast retinue of thousands and gave away so much gold that the price of gold fell ten to fifteen percent in the money markets of Cairo."

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization
Produced by Luther Davis; Produced in association with Sarnoff International Enterprises, William D. Cunningham and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Associate Producer: Alan Eichler
Music by Robert Wright and George Forrest; Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest; Book by Luther Davis; Based on the musical by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis; From the play by Edward Knoblock; Musical Director: Charles H. Coleman; Music arranged by Charles H. Coleman; Incidental music by Charles H. Coleman; Additional orchestrations by Bill Brohn
Directed by Geoffrey Holder; Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
Scenic Design by Tony Straiges; Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder; Lighting Design by Ian Calderon; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Wig Design by Stanley James; Make-Up Design by Stanley James
General Manager: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.; Company Manager: Drew Murphy
Production Stage Manager: Donald Christy; Stage Manager: Jeanna Belkin and Pat Trott
Music from African folk music; and themes of Alexander Borodin; Musical Supervisor: Charles H. Coleman; Musical Coordinator: Earl Shendell
General Press Representative: Solters & Roskin, Inc.; Advertising: Matthew Serino & Associates; Photographer: Martha Swope; Dance Captain: Miguel Godreau
Eartha Kitt
Wife of Wives to the Wazir
Melba Moore
Daughter of Hadji
Gilbert Price
The Mansa of Mali
Daniel Barton
M'Ballah of the River
Citizen of Timbuktu
George Bell
Broadway debut
The Wazir
Miguel Godreau
Bodyservant to the Mansa
Bird in Paradise
Ira Hawkins
Bruce A. Hubbard
Chief Policeman
Eleanor McCoy
Bodyservant to Sahleem-La-Lume
Bird in Paradise
Obba Babatundé
The Chakaba
Orange Merchant
Citizen of Timbuktu
Gregg Baker
Citizen of Timbuktu
Joella Breedlove
Citizen of Timbuktu
Deborah K. Brown
One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
Citizen of Timbuktu
Tony Carroll
Citizen of Timbuktu
Sharon Cuff
One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
Citizen of Timbuktu
Cheryl Cummings
Citizen of Timbuktu
Luther Fontaine
Citizen of Timbuktu
Michael F. Harrison
Citizen of Timbuktu
Dyane Harvey
Citizen of Timbuktu
Marzetta Jones
Citizen of Timbuktu
Jimmy Justice
Citizen of Timbuktu
Eugene Little
Citizen of Timbuktu
Patricia Lumpkin
One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
Citizen of Timbuktu
Joe Lynn
Citizen of Timbuktu
Tony Ndogo
Citizen of Timbuktu
Harold Pierson
Citizen of Timbuktu
Ray Pollard
Citizen of Timbuktu
Shezwae Powell
Woman in the Garden
Citizen of Timbuktu
Ronald Richardson
Citizen of Timbuktu
Vanessa Shaw
Citizen of Timbuktu
Louis Tucker
Citizen of Timbuktu
Deborah Waller
Citizen of Timbuktu
Renée Warren
Citizen of Timbuktu
Swings: Rodney Green and Jan Hazell
Understudies: Gregg Baker (Hadji), Joella Breedlove (One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane), Dyane Harvey (Bird in Paradise, Najua), Bruce A. Hubbard (The Mansa of Mali), Jimmy Justice (M'Ballah of the River), Eugene Little (Bird in Paradise, Munshi), Tony Ndogo (Antelope), Shezwae Powell (Shaleem-La-Lume), Ronald Richardson (Chief Policeman), Vanessa Shaw (Marsinah) and Louis Tucker (The Wazir)
Tony Award®
1978 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Gilbert Price
1978 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Eartha Kitt
1978 Best Costume Design [nominee]
Geoffrey Holder
1978 Most Innovative Production of a Revival [nominee]
Produced by Luther Davis
Drama Desk Award
1978 Outstanding Choreography [nominee]
Geoffrey Holder
1978 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee]
Geoffrey Holder

ACT 1 Sung By
Rhymes Have I Hadji, Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji) and Beggars
Fate Hadji
In the Beginning, Woman Shaleem-La-Lume (Wife of Wives to the Wazir)
Baubles, Bangles and Beads Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji) and Merchants
Stranger in Paradise The Mansa of Mali and Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji)
Gesticulate Hadji and Council
Night of My Nights The Mansa of Mali and Courtiers
ACT 2 Sung By
My Magic Lamp Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji)
Stranger in Paradise (Reprise) Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji)
Rahadlakum Shaleem-La-Lume (Wife of Wives to the Wazir) and Ladies of the Harem
And This Is My Beloved Hadji, Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji), The Mansa of Mali and The Wazir
Golden Land, Golden Life Chief Policeman and Nobles of the Court
Zubbediya Zubbediya, Princess, Marriage Candidates and Acrobat
Night of My Nights (Reprise) The Mansa of Mali, Marsinah (Daughter of Hadji), Hadji and Nobles of the Court
Sands of Time Hadji and Shaleem-La-Lume (Wife of Wives to the Wazir)