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What are your opinions of Kismet
Posted by qpidsangel 2003-07-16 12:02:08


I just got finished doing the show playing Lalume in a opera/theatre house. I absolutely hate the show but I needed the money so thats why I did it. What are your opions of it. Have you ever done a show you hated?

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Posted by magruder 2003-07-16 12:16:14


Sorry you had a bad time with it. I like Kismet a lot. I think the score is great fun, and with a terrific Hajj, the show can be very dynamic and entertaining. And Lalume is a wonderful role! You didn't like singing "Not Since Nineveh" and "Rahadlakum"?

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Posted by sharon1 2003-07-16 12:18:53


Love Kismet. Great Score

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Posted by qpidsangel 2003-07-16 12:21:05


I did like singing "Not Since Nineveh" that was the only song in the show I liked. I don't even like Stranger in Paradise, does that make me weird? Our Hajj was not very good, the only reason he got the part was because he was in with the director. I hate it when that happens. He did have an excellent voice though, but Hajj needs to be much more than that. It didn't help that the war with Iraq was going on at the time either.

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Posted by SONDHEIM8 2003-07-16 12:41:00


I've seen several productions of KISMET including a production starring Eartha Kitt as Lalume and renamed TIMBUKTU.
What glorious music! NIGHT OF MY NIGHTS is one of my favorites.
Lots of pretty costumes, sets , it's a fun show to watch.








LINK: Tracy, you look beautiful behind bars!

TRACY: It must be the low-watt institutional lighting!

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Posted by jo 2003-07-16 19:49:11


I've never seen a stage production of the show but I have seen the movie with Howard Keel. I like the musical score a lot and some songs really stand out.

jo

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Posted by Dollypop 2003-07-16 20:56:16


The last time I saw KISMET was quite a few years ago at NYC Opera. George Hearn was Hajj and had vocal problems. It was a dcent production, but the wedding costumes looked like they were made out of shower curtains. It's a good show and that score is one of Broadway's best.

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Posted by lensman2 2003-07-17 08:24:41


I don't hate the production although I thought "Timbucktu" had a little more "edge" to it. I did a local theatre production (minor characters).

I thought the film version was weak with the Hayes office decided that Hajj the poet couldn't actually [kill] the Wazir but had to let the Caliph order it instead.

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Posted by alterego 2003-07-17 08:41:04


I too saw Timbuktu with Eartha Kitt, Melba Moore (what happened to her?) and the fabulous Gilbert Price*. I remember being knocked out by the stunning sets and costumes designed by Geoffrey Holder. He may also have choreographed as well.

I remember vividly Gilbert price being carried through the audience ( to give the appearance that he was on a sort of magic carpet) while singing Night of My Nights.

* Gilbert price won a Tony at 16 years when he appeared in The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd.

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Posted by magruder 2003-07-17 09:10:37


Gilbert Price wasn't even nominated for The Roar of the Greasepaint The Smell of the Crowd. In fact, it seems he hasn't won a Tony, but was nominated in 1973 for Lost in the Stars, 1975 for The Night That Made America Famous, and 1978 for Timbuktu!

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Posted by sabrelady 2003-07-18 12:20:26


I kinda liked "Gesticulate" but Bobbles Bangles etc really annoyed me.

What are your opinions of Kismet
Posted by lensman55 2003-07-19 13:06:59


>I kinda liked "Gesticulate" but Bobbles Bangles etc really >annoyed me.


Gesticulate got on my nerves.

re: What are your opinions of Kismet
Posted by sabrelady 2003-07-19 17:39:03


To each his own ;D

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2003-07-19 20:36:07


Beautiful show, beautiful score.

A show for grown-ups...not what one finds on the Great White Way these days.

Yours for a better Broadway!