MusicalOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Mar 01, 1978
Closing Date
Sep 10, 1978
1st Preview
Feb 09, 1978
1st Preview
Feb 09, 1978
Previews
22
Performances
221
MusicalOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Mark Hellinger Theatre
(Mar 01, 1978 - Sep 10, 1978)

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." 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."

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Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization
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; Special Assistant to Mr. Straiges: Kate Edmunds; Special Assistant to Mr. Calderon: Marilyn Lowey; 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
Playbill Cover Illustration by Geoffrey Holder
Asst. to the Choreographer: Miguel Godreau; General Press Representative: Solters & Roskin, Inc., Joshua Ellis and Milly Schoenbaum; Assistant to the Director: Donald Christy; Advertising: Matthew Serino & Associates; Photographer: Martha Swope; Dance Captain: Miguel Godreau
Shaleem-La-Lume
Wife of Wives to the Wazir
Marsinah
Daughter of Hadji
The Mansa of Mali
M'Ballah of the River
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
George Bell
Broadway debut
The Wazir
Munshi
Bodyservant to the Mansa
 
Bird in Paradise
Hadji
Chief Policeman
Najua
Bodyservant to Sahleem-La-Lume
 
Bird in Paradise
The Chakaba
Stiltwalker
 
Orange Merchant
 
Antelope
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Antelope
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
 
Witchdoctor
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
 
Woman in the Garden
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Zubbediya
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Beggar
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
 
Citizen of Timbuktu
Citizen of Timbuktu
Swings: Rodney Green and Jan Hazell
Understudies: Gregg Baker (Hadji), Joella Breedlove (One of the Three Princesses of Baguezane), Dyane Harvey (Najua, Bird in Paradise), Bruce A. Hubbard (The Mansa of Mali), Jimmy Justice (M'Ballah of the River), Eugene Little (Munshi, Bird in Paradise), Tony Ndogo (Antelope), Shezwae Powell (Shaleem-La-Lume), Ronald Richardson (Chief Policeman), Vanessa Shaw (Marsinah) and Louis Tucker (The Wazir)

Mark Hellinger Theatre (Mar 01, 1978 - Sep 10, 1978)

Cast

Marsinah
Daughter of Hadji
Act 1
Sung By
Rhymes Have I
Hadji, Marsinah and Beggars
Fate
Hadji
In the Beginning, Woman
Shaleem-La-Lume
Baubles, Bangles and Beads
Marsinah and Merchants
Stranger in Paradise
The Mansa of Mali and Marsinah
Gesticulate
Hadji and Council
Night of My Nights
The Mansa of Mali and Courtiers
Act 2
Sung By
My Magic Lamp
Marsinah
Stranger in Paradise (Reprise)
Marsinah
Rahadlakum
Shaleem-La-Lume and Ladies of the Harem
And This Is My Beloved
Hadji, Marsinah, 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, Hadji and Nobles of the Court
Sands of Time
Hadji and Shaleem-La-Lume

Tony Award®

 

Best Actor in a Musical

1978 Nominee
Gilbert Price
 

Best Actress in a Musical

1978 Nominee
Eartha Kitt
 

Best Costume Design

1978 Nominee
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
 

Most Innovative Production of a Revival

1978 Nominee
Produced by Luther Davis

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Choreography

1978 Nominee
Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
 

Outstanding Costume Design

1978 Nominee
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
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