The Desert Song: Musical Info & Synopsis


The Desert Song is a musical operetta inspired by the true story of the 1925 uprising of the Riffs. As tensions rise between the French forces and the Riffs, the heroic Pierre Birabeau learns to navigate his dual identity while pursuing romance with the independent Margot Bonvalet. The Desert Song unfolds with romance, adventure, and political intrigue against the backdrop of the desert landscape.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)

Cast Size: 15+

Genre: Dramedy

Setting: 1920s / Africa

Creative Team

Music: Sigmund Romberg

Lyrics/Book: Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel

Cast Albums

Studio Cast (1944)➝

Studio Cast (1958)➝


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝


1920s, Classical, HistoricalOperettaTrue Story, War

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