Kismet: Musical Info & Synopsis


Kismet centers around Hajj, a poetic beggar who unexpectedly finds himself elevated to the position of the Emir. As Hajj navigates his newfound status, he becomes entangled with the beautiful and spirited Marsinah, the scheming Wazir, and the lovelorn Caliph. Kismet offers a blend of romance and adventure, touching on themes of relationships, status, and destiny.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Adventure

Setting: 1700s / Iraq

Creative Team

Music: Alexander Borodin

Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest

Book: Charles Lederer, Luther Davis

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1953)➝

Studio Cast (1963)➝

Lincoln Center Cast (1965)➝

Studio Cast (1989)➝

Studio Cast (1991)➝


Licensing: Music Theatre International➝


1950s, Golden Age, One-Word, PopularTony Award

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