Neither Aladdin nor Ali Baba ever had a day like this! In the span of twenty-four hours, The Poet assumes the disguise of Hajj the beggar and manages to escape the clutches of a vengeful bandit, catch the eye of the Wazir’s voluptuous wife, serve as Emir of Baghdad, and see his daughter wed to the handsome Caliph.
KISMET has a book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis based on the play by Edward Knoblock. Music is by George Forrest and Robert Wright and Alexander Borodin with lyrics by George Forrest and Robert Wright. The lush score is adapted from the soaring melodies of Alexander Borodin. Quick ears will identify “Stranger in Paradise” as Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” and hear strains of the D-Major String Quartet in “And This is My Beloved” and “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.”
Lyric Stage, Dallas County’s professional musical theater company, presents KISMET in concert, January 26–29, 2012 in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Len Pfluger directs Lyric Stage’s fully staged concert performance featuring the entire 40-piece Lyric Stage Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Jay Dias.