Musical - Original

Mark Hellinger Theatre

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  • First Preview: February 9, 1978
  • Opening Date: March 1, 1978
  • Closing Date: September 10, 1978
  • Previews: 22
  • Performances: 221

Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest

Music: Robert Wright, George Forrest

Book: Luther Davis


This revision of Kismet, the musical tale of a wily poet who helps his daughter marry a prince while enjoying a dalliance of his own, is set in the half-mythical Timbuktu region of Mali in West Africa, and features an all-black cast and five new songs by Robert Wright and George Forrest taken from African folk music.


Opening Night Cast

Eartha Kitt in Timbuktu! Eartha Kitt Sahleem-La-Lume
Melba Moore Marsinah
Gilbert Price The Mansa of Mali
Daniel Barton M'Ballah of the River
Citizen of Timbuktu
George Bell The Wazir
Miguel Godreau Bird in Paradise
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Luther Davis Book
  Robert Wright Music
  George Forrest Music
  Robert Wright Lyrics
  George Forrest Lyrics
  Geoffrey Holder Director
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Outstanding Choreography Geoffrey Holder Nominee
1978 Outstanding Costume Design Geoffrey Holder Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Actor in a Musical Gilbert Price Nominee
1978 Actress in a Musical Eartha Kitt Nominee
1978 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Geoffrey Holder Nominee
1978 Most Innovative Production of a Revival   Nominee
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