From the Masterworks Vault comes the Original Lincoln Center Cast Recording of Kismet from 1965 released today!
A “Musical Arabian Night,” which offered audiences a colorful and tuneful evening of fun, Kismet features a poet and teller of tales who assumes the guise of Hajj, a beggar in ancient Baghdad, and finds himself in various mishaps as he battles a wicked Wazir. This version was part of a series of musical revivals produced by famed composer Richard Rodgers for Lincoln Center from 1964-1969 at New York’s City Center. Kismet opened for a limited summer run in June 1965 starring Alfred Drake, recreating his Tony-winning role as the Hajj, as well as Henry Calvin from the original Broadway production. “Bored,” a song written by Robert Wright and George Forrest for the 1955 movie version, was added to the score of the Tony-winning Best Musical for this production which also starred Anne Jeffreys, Lee Venora, Richard Banke, Rudy Vejar, Albert Toigo, and Anita Alpert.