Kismet: Musical Info & Synopsis


Kismet centers around Hajj, a poetic beggar who unexpectedly finds himself elevated to the position of the Emir. This twist of fate leads to a series of adventures, romances, and comic misunderstandings. As Hajj navigates his newfound status, he becomes entangled with the beautiful and spirited Marsinah, the scheming Wazir, and the lovelorn Caliph. Kismet celebrates the idea that destiny can be a mysterious and delightful force.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Adventure

Setting: 1700s / Baghdad

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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