MusicalOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Dec 03, 1953
Closing Date
Apr 23, 1955
Performances
583
MusicalOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

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Theatres
Ziegfeld Theatre
(Dec 03, 1953 - Apr 23, 1955)

Setting
Baghdad

Theatre Owned / Operated by Billy Rose
Produced by Charles Lederer
Originally produced by Edwin Lester
With Music From Alexander Borodin; Musical Adaptation by Robert Wright; Musical Adaptation by George Forrest; Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest; Book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis; From the play by Edward Knoblock; Music orchestrated by Arthur Kay; Choral arrangements by Arthur Kay; Musical Director: Louis Adrian
Directed by Albert Marre; Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Jack Cole
Scenic Design by Lemuel Ayers; Costume Design by Lemuel Ayers; Lighting Design by Peggy Clark; Assistant to Mr. Ayers: Robert O'Hearn; Assistant to Mr. Ayers: Frank Thompson
Company Manager: Harry Essex
Production Manager: Peter Bronte; Stage Manager: Phil Friedman
Choral Director: Christine Ell and William Ellfeldt; Orchestra Manager: Morris Stonzek
Scenic Artist: Phil Raiguel
Press Representative: Barry Hyams and Martin Shwartz; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner
Public Poet, later called Hajj
The Wazir of Police
Lalume
The Caliph
Marsinah
Haji's Daughter
Diwan Dancer
 
Dancer
Ayah to Zubbediya
Muezzin
 
Singer
Chief Policeman
Singer
Dancer
Ayah to Samaris
 
Singer
Dervish
 
Akbar
 
Diwan Dancer
Princess of Ababu
Princess of Ababu
Wazir's Guard
Jawan
Hassan-Ben
 
Second Policeman
Slave Girl
 
Singer
Dancer
Princess Samaris of Bangalore
Attendant
Second Beggar
 
Singer
Street Dancer
 
Princess Zubbediya of Damascus
First Beggar
 
A Peddler
 
Prosecutor
Doorman
Street Woman
 
Singer
Slave Girl
Imam of the Mosque
 
The Bangle Man
 
Singer
Slave Girl
Muezzin
 
Singer
Wazir's Guard
Dancer
Princess of Ababu
Third Beggar
The Widow Yussef
 
Singer
Muezzin
 
A Merchant
 
Singer
Slave Girl
Muezzin
 
Singer
Street Woman
 
Singer
Singer
A Servant
 
Singer
Attendant
Dervish
 
Assiz
 
Diwan Dancer
Singer
Understudies: Earle MacVeigh (Public Poet, later called Hajj), Jo Ann O'Connell (Marsinah), Roberta Stevenson (Princess of Ababu) and Richard Vine (Omar)

Ziegfeld Theatre (Dec 03, 1953 - Apr 23, 1955)

Musical Director: Maurice Levine
Stage Manager: James Wicker; Assistant Stage Mgr: Richard Vine

Cast

Public Poet, later called Hajj
Marsinah
Haji's Daughter
Princess of Ababu
Slave Girl
 
Singer
Imam of the Mosque
 
The Bangle Man
The Bangle Man
 
Singer
Hassan-Ben
 
Singer
Third Beggar
 
Assiz
 
Doorman
Slave Girl
Dancer
Muezzin
 
Singer
Doorman
 
Akbar
Slave Girl
 
Singer
Slave Girl
Wazir's Guard
Dancer
Second Policeman
Street Dancer
Dervish
The Caliph
Attendant
Muezzin
 
Singer
Wazir's Guard
Chief Policeman
Slave Girl
 
Singer
Singer
 
The Widow Yussef
Attendant
The Caliph
 
Taman
role oroginally called "The Merchant"
 
Singer
The Widow Yussef
Princess of Ababu
Dervish
Slave Girl
Lalume
Singer
Understudies: Neile Adams (Princess of Ababu), Gerald Cardoni (Hassan-Ben), Clifford Fearl (Second Policeman), Arthur Hammond (The Caliph), Earle MacVeigh (The Wazir of Police), Ethel Martin (Princess Samaris of Bangalore), Carol Ohmart (Lalume), Richard Oneto (The Caliph), Kirby Smith (Jawan, The Wazir of Police, Public Poet, later called Hajj), Joanne Spiller (Lalume), Ted Thurston (First Beggar, A Peddler, Prosecutor, Muezzin, Chief Policeman), Don Weissmuller (Assiz, Third Beggar, Akbar, Doorman) and Doris Yarick (Ayah to Zubbediya)
Act 1
Sung By
Sands of Time
Imam of the Mosque
Rhymes Have I
Hajj and Marsinah
Fate
Hajj
Bazaar of the Caravans
Street Dancer, Akbar, Assiz, Merchants and Shoppers
Not Since Nineveh
Lalume, The Wazir of Police, Three Princesses of Ababu, Akbar, Assiz, Merchants and Shoppers
Baubles, Bangles and Beads
Marsinah
Stranger in Paradise
Marsinah and Caliph
He's in Love!
Chief Policeman, Second Policeman, Prosecutor, Three Princesses of Ababu, Akbar, Assiz, Caliph and Omar
Gesticulate
Hajj and Wazir's Council
Fate (Reprise)
Hajj and Ladies of the Wazir's Harem
Act 2
Sung By
Night of My Nights
Caliph and Entourage
Stranger in Paradise (Reprise)
Marsinah
Baubles, Bangles, and Beads (Reprise)
The Caliph
He's in Love! (Reprise)
Entourage
Was I Wazir?
The Wazir of Police, Policemen and Guards
Rahadlakum
Hajj, Lalume, Princess Zubbediya of Damascus, Princess Samaris of Bangalore, Three Princesses of Ababu and Ladies of Wazir's Harem
And This Is My Beloved
Marsinah, Caliph, Hajj and The Wazir of Police
The Olive Tree
Hajj
Ceremonial of the Caliph's Diwan
Diwan Dancers
Presentation of Princesses
Princess Zubbediya of Damascus, Ayah, Princess Samaris of Bangalore and Princess of Ababu
Finale
Ensemble and Hajj

Tony Award®

Best Musical

1954 Winner
Book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis
Music by Alexander Borodin and George Forrest
Music arranged by Robert Wright
Produced by Charles Lederer

Best Actor in a Musical

1954 Winner
Alfred Drake

Musical Conductor

1954 Winner
Musical Director: Louis Adrian

Theatre World

Award

1954 Recipient
Joan Diener
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