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The Desert Song   

City Center, (1/08/1946 - 2/16/1946)
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Opening Date: Jan 08, 1946    
Closing Date: Feb 16, 1946 Total Performances: 45

Category: Musical, Operetta, Revival, Broadway
Description: An operetta in two acts
Setting: Northern Africa.


Production Staff
Produced by Russell Lewis and Howard Young
Libretto by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel; Music by Sigmund Romberg; Musical Director: Waldemar Guterson
Staged by Sterling Halloway; Choreographed by Aida Broadbent
Scenic Design by Boris Aronson
Company Manager: Emmett Callahan
Stage Manager: Michael Jeffrey
Press Representative: Helen Hoerle
Cast
Barbara Bailey
Mardi
Dancing Girl
Jean Bartel
Clementina
a Spanish "lady"
Joan Bishop
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Lillian Bloch
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
William Bowers
Sentinel
Riff
French Legionnaire
George Burnson
Ali Ben Ali
Caid of a Riff Tribe
Fred Butterworth
Riff
French Legionnaire
Jean Caples
Dancing Girl
Natalie Carr
Dancing Girl
Walter Cassel
Pierre Birabeau
General Birabeau's son
Richard Charles
Sid El Kar
the Red Shadow's Lieutenant
Warren Christian
Riff
French Legionnaire
Clarissa
Azuri
Wilton Clary
Captain Paul Fontaine
Joseph Claudio
Sergeant La Vergne
Arthur Couture
Riff
French Legionnaire
Rita Currier
Dancing Girl
Beth Alba Cushing
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Louis DeMagnus
Nogi
Riff
French Legionnaire
John Donaty
Riff
French Legionnaire
Barbara Downie
Dancing Girl
Georgine Dwyer
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Dean Etmund
Riff
French Legionnaire
Charles Fries
Riff
French Legionnaire
Keith Gingles
Ahmed
Riff
French Legionnaire
Jack Goode
Benjamin Kidd
Society Correspondent of the Paris Herald
Sterling Hall
Riff
French Legionnaire
Florette Hillier
Yvette
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Richard Hughes
Harem Guard
Riff
French Legionnaire
Lynn Hunt
Dancing Girl
Rosemary Leisen
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Doris Luff
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Joseph Malpasuto
Riff
French Legionnaire
Allan Mars
Riff
French Legionnaire
Lester Matthews
General Birabeau
Governor of a French Moroccan Province
Suzette Meredith
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Sherry O'Neil
Susan
General Birabeau's ward
Betina Orth
Florette
Dancing Girl
Tamara Page
Edith
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Thayer Roberts
Hassi
Antonio Rovano
Sergeant DuBassac
Riff
French Legionnaire
Paul Ruth
Riff Runner
Riff
French Legionnaire
Russell Sanders
Riff
French Legionnaire
W. Vernon Sanders
Riff
French Legionnaire
Dorothy Sandlin
Margot Bonvalet
Harvey Sauber
Riff
French Legionnaire
Jack Saunders
Omar
Riff
French Legionnaire
Dorothy Jean Sheppard
Dancing Girl
Betty Slabe
Dancing Girl
Margaret Smitherum
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Walter Swanson
Riff
French Legionnaire
Maria Taweel
Yvonne
Dancing Girl
Helen Vey
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
June Walks
French Girl
Native
Lady of the Harem
Edward Wellman
Mindar
Riff
French Legionnaire
Stanley Wolfe
Riff
French Legionnaire
music by Sigmund Romberg; lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung By
High on a Hill
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Chorus
The Riff Song
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son), Sid El Kar (the Red Shadow's Lieutenant) and Riffs
Margot
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Captain Paul Fontaine and Soldiers
I'll Be a Buoyant Girl
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Susan (General Birabeau's ward) and Edith
Why Did We Marry Soldiers?
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Girls
French Military Marching Song
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Margot Bonvalet, Girls and Soldiers
Romance
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Margot Bonvalet
Then You Will Know
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Margot Bonvalet, Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son) and Ensemble
I Want a Kiss
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Margot Bonvalet, Captain Paul Fontaine, Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son) and Chorus
Tropics Benjamin Kidd (Society Correspondent of the Paris Herald) and Susan (General Birabeau's ward)
The Desert Song
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Margot Bonvalet and Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son)
Morocco Dance of Marriage Azuri, Sid El Kar (the Red Shadow's Lieutenant) and Dancing Girls
The Desert Song (Reprise)
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son) and Margot Bonvalet
ACT 2 Sung By
My Little Castagnette
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Harem Girls
Song of the Brass Key
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Clementina (a Spanish "lady") and Girls
One Good Boy Gone Wrong
(lyrics by Edward Smith)
Benjamin Kidd (Society Correspondent of the Paris Herald) and Clementina (a Spanish "lady")
Eastern and Western Love
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son), Sid El Kar (the Red Shadow's Lieutenant), Ali Ben Ali (Caid of a Riff Tribe) and Men
Let Love Go
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Ali Ben Ali (Caid of a Riff Tribe)
One Flower in Your Garden
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Sid El Kar (the Red Shadow's Lieutenant)
One Alone Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son)
The Sabre Song Margot Bonvalet and Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son)
Farewell Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son) and Riffs
Tropics (Reprise) Benjamin Kidd (Society Correspondent of the Paris Herald), Susan (General Birabeau's ward) and Dancing Girls