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'Kismet,' Play About Muslim Poet, Pulled By School Over 9/11 Complaints
AOL ^ | 9/20/11 | Associated Press

Posted on 09/20/2011 12:21:05 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts

Edited on 09/20/2011 12:44:08 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania school district has decided not to stage a Tony Award-winning musical about a Muslim street poet after members of the community complained about the play on the heels of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.


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KEYWORDS: kismet; mohammedan; moslem; muslim; tolerance
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Didn't see this posted.

One for 'our' side?

1 posted on 09/20/2011 12:21:07 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Johnstown is a nine iron from Shanksville.


2 posted on 09/20/2011 12:24:35 PM PDT by cork
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Until conservatives start educating themselves in theatre, opera, film and ballet, we are going to have these stupidly stupid actions. How ridiculous.


3 posted on 09/20/2011 12:24:54 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

How about doing ‘El Cid’?....................


4 posted on 09/20/2011 12:25:24 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“One for ‘our’ side?”

I’m sure that after the ACLU hears about it, they will sue to force the school to do Kismet.


5 posted on 09/20/2011 12:26:39 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
How about the musical version of “Red Dawn?”
6 posted on 09/20/2011 12:27:17 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Why was some POS like “Kismet” picked in the 1st place? To prove their tolerance and diversity BS for Muslims, that’s why. A%%holes! They couldn’t go with “West Side Story”? “Willie Wonka”? “Alice in Wonderland”? “Fiddler on the Roof”? “Guys and Dolls”?


7 posted on 09/20/2011 12:27:46 PM PDT by albie
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To: Red Badger

Good one!


8 posted on 09/20/2011 12:27:54 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: freeangel

You know they will. After all, don’t folks have a “right” to “Kismet” per the Constitution?


9 posted on 09/20/2011 12:29:16 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I grew up listening to the soundtrack:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kismet_(musical)

...and it's just a fine musical.

10 posted on 09/20/2011 12:33:24 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: albie

West Side Story - Too violent
Willie Wonka - Too much Big Sugar
Alice in Wonderland - PETA problems
Fiddler on the Roof - Too Jewish
Guys and Dolls - Too Hetero, homophobic..............


11 posted on 09/20/2011 12:34:18 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Kismet is a musical with lyrics and musical adaptation (as well as some original music) by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin, and a book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, based on Kismet, the 1911 play by Edward Knoblock.[1][2] The story concerns a wily poet who talks his way out of trouble several times; meanwhile, his beautiful daughter meets and falls in love with the young Caliph.

The musical was first produced on Broadway in 1953 and won the Tony Award for best musical in 1954. It was also successful in London's West End and has been given several revivals. A 1955 film version was released by MGM.

via Wikipedia
12 posted on 09/20/2011 12:34:42 PM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: cork

As a golfer, I hate to see “nine iron” and “Shanksville” used in the same sentence....just saying.


13 posted on 09/20/2011 12:35:44 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
http://goo.gl/MQWvM

The Broadway show ran when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn.

14 posted on 09/20/2011 12:36:19 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Being Muslim is inappropriate.


15 posted on 09/20/2011 12:37:23 PM PDT by elephantlips
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To: albie

You do realize that “Kismet” is an all-American Broadway show that starred the great Alfred Lunt? It showcases two of the most beautiful songs in the great American songbook: “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” and “Stranger in Paradise”. These songs were sung and recorded by American artists throughout the 50s and 60s. These songs provide an amazing and unusual opportunity for young singers to stretch their talent.

I can assure everyone of this board that the show has NOTHING to do with Jihadis. Only in your fevered imaginations.

You know, I live near an inner city - I want “West Side Story” banned. I also live in a country that has a lot of serial killers. So now I want “Sweeney Todd” banned.

You people are off your rocker!


16 posted on 09/20/2011 12:37:35 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: miss marmelstein

But we could have yet another production of Oklahoma! My God man why wouldn’t you want to see Oklahoma! for the umpteenth time?

And as for people suggesting “West Side Story” I’d rather high schoolers weren’t forced to emulate knife-fighting Puerto Ricans thank you very much


17 posted on 09/20/2011 12:42:37 PM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: miss marmelstein

they are neculturny.


18 posted on 09/20/2011 12:42:57 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

What a stupid decision.


19 posted on 09/20/2011 12:46:32 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: miss marmelstein
I can assure everyone of this board that the show has NOTHING to do with Jihadis. Only in your fevered imaginations.

It's really a fun show. I mainly know it from the movie versions. The non-musical with Ronald Colman and the musical with Howard Keel. It's one of those stories written when Arabs were Romantic figures (of fun, mostly).

I knew the music was by Borodin, as I have heard his Polovtsian dances many times. However, I assumed Baubles, Bangles and Beads was probably original. One day, I was listening to Sirius/XM Symphony Hall in my office at work, as I usually do. A string quartet was playing, and I was sort of half listening. I kept getting Baubles, Bangles and Beads stuck in my head. I looked at the radio dial and saw that the string quartet was by Borodin; and thus was able to hear the source for the song. Borodin was a great part-time composer and full-time chemist.

20 posted on 09/20/2011 12:47:22 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: RitchieAprile
his beautiful daughter

Played by Ann Blythe (she of the magnificent smile and voice) in the movie.

21 posted on 09/20/2011 12:49:20 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: miss marmelstein

Fourth film version---the production values were marvelous.
I do think Vic Damone was miscast---and looked silly in the Arab garb.

But when he sang "Stranger in Paradise"---magic.

Same when Ann Blyth (her real voice) sang “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.”

22 posted on 09/20/2011 12:53:07 PM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We canÂ’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: Liz

This version was on American Movie Classics the other night. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this movie.


23 posted on 09/20/2011 1:00:05 PM PDT by Essie
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To: Sans-Culotte

Thank God you and others have come to my rescue! I thought I would have a heart attack when I started reading these comments.

Yes, all of the music was adapted from Borodin. When I was a kid I would listen to classical music stations and always wondered why they were playing music from “Kismet.”

I’m sorry the people involved in this production are not going to be allowed to perform this show because of stupid people. It’s not often revived in community/high school theatre and it needs to be.


24 posted on 09/20/2011 1:00:32 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: RitchieAprile

Can you explain the term? I’m the one who loves your moniker, by the way. The very worst (in my humble opinion) of all The Soprano villians!


25 posted on 09/20/2011 1:02:27 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Liz

Vic Damone! A wonderful singer but probably a less than stellar actor.

In a private theatrical club that I belong to, when you walk up the wide staircase, you are greeted with a gorgeous portrait of Alfred Drake in his Kismet costume. I’m gonna salute it the next time I visit.


26 posted on 09/20/2011 1:06:27 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Liz

When hubby was a voice major in college, he was asked to perform the lead role in a local HS performance of Kismet, as the role was difficult to cast using the talent they had. He did a great job too.

And my family is related to Ann Blythe by marriage. Never knew she was in Kismet.

Mrs. Prince of Space


27 posted on 09/20/2011 1:06:52 PM PDT by Prince of Space ("...raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure." Sen. Obama, 3/16/06)
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To: miss marmelstein
ALFRED DRAKE IN KISMET COSTUME---PAINTING


28 posted on 09/20/2011 1:07:00 PM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We canÂ’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: miss marmelstein

As I recall it makes the Arabs look rather foolish.


29 posted on 09/20/2011 1:07:59 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Essie

Yes, that’s where I saw it -— on Turner Classic Movies.


30 posted on 09/20/2011 1:08:36 PM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We canÂ’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: Essie

I caught a little bit of it. The only other role I’d ever seen Sebastian Cabot in was Mr French on TV.


31 posted on 09/20/2011 1:10:07 PM PDT by DManA
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To: miss marmelstein

Absolutely ridiculous. Words like ignorant and bigotted come to mind.


32 posted on 09/20/2011 1:11:39 PM PDT by sand lake bar (This bag may be used as a toy)
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To: miss marmelstein

When I first saw the story, I thought the show was being pulled because it was “not properly respectful of muslims”. I thought CAIR was probably behind it. I bet we’ll never see films of shows like Kismet or The Desert Song again, or anything like those fun Maria Montez/Jon Hall movies.


33 posted on 09/20/2011 1:13:08 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Liz

OH MY GOD! That’s it - that’s the portrait I’m talking about. I’m really gob-smacked, Liz. Where the hell did you find that? I’m going to look at it on Friday night.


34 posted on 09/20/2011 1:14:29 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Prince of Space

Ann also did a bang-up job in Mildred Pierce, remember?


35 posted on 09/20/2011 1:16:07 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: miss marmelstein
Until conservatives start educating themselves in theatre, opera, film and ballet...

And have to rub elbows with all the Limo Libs who attend them, but demand that our tax money pay for them? No thanks...

36 posted on 09/20/2011 1:16:20 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Glad you liked the post-—never know what you’ll find on the net.


37 posted on 09/20/2011 1:16:54 PM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We canÂ’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: RitchieAprile
they are neculturny.

Given the state of "culture" today, proudly so!

38 posted on 09/20/2011 1:19:23 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Prince of Space
Blyth and her husband (a physician) were very active in the pro-life movement.

Beautiful Ann Blyth---professionally voice-trained. Starred with Mario Lanza
and in "Rosemarie" (2nd musical with Howard Keel). Loved her in "Mildred Pierce."

39 posted on 09/20/2011 1:24:52 PM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We canÂ’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

And I guess we’ll have to ban all of poor Rudolf Valentino’s movies.

As anyone knows, the ‘20s were the hayday of a naive kind of fascination with Gay Arabee!


40 posted on 09/20/2011 1:26:48 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Liz

As I said, I’m absolutely gobsmacked. I think that portrait is by Everett Kinstler, but I could be wrong. I’m going to lift a toast to him. He was a bit before my time but I have the original soundtrack of “Oklahoma” and he’s great.

Ann Blyth was involved in the pro-life movement?

You blow my mind, girl.


41 posted on 09/20/2011 1:30:04 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: JimRed

Kismet isn’t of the culture of today, its of the culture
of the 50’s.

As are Brigadoon, Der Rosenkavalier, Oklahoma,
anything with Howard Keel, anything with Nelson Eddy/Jeannette MacDonald....etc.


42 posted on 09/20/2011 1:32:58 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: JimRed

Kismet isn’t culture from ‘today’.


43 posted on 09/20/2011 1:33:05 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

No!
Just plain silly and wrongheaded.


44 posted on 09/20/2011 1:35:18 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: albie

Kismet is fAR from being a “POS”, Albie. The music is based on excellent classical music, and two major hit songs evolved from it. These two songs, “Stranger in Paradise” and “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads” are still extremely popular. The play is a well-loved classic, and for you to dub it a “POS” is just a tribute to your severe lack of musical education. To paraphrase another popular statement, “just shut up and listen.”

Personally, I can’t wait to see this fine work of art again.


45 posted on 09/20/2011 1:44:05 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! !)
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To: miss marmelstein

Blyth and her physician husband were very pro-life-—they financed the publication of brochures about human life in utero.

Alfred Drake was a Broadway legend years ago-—but his work disappeared. Are recordings from all the hit shows he was in ever played?

Clip from Naughty Marietta-—Drake duet w/ Patrice Munsel-— Sweet Mystery of life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz3QxwAQ4HA


46 posted on 09/20/2011 1:44:56 PM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We canÂ’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: JimRed
rub elbows with all the Limo Libs who attend them

You're an authority on this because you've seen all those stiffs in three Stooges films, right?


47 posted on 09/20/2011 1:47:50 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: RitchieAprile

Interestingly, all of the show/operas you mention have become classics. Broadway now has some of the worst musicals known to man - although “Anything Goes” (Cole Porter!) is bringing them in in droves.


48 posted on 09/20/2011 1:49:39 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: albie
Why was some POS like “Kismet” picked in the 1st place?

"Kismet" is a great show with Wright & Forrester's lyrics set to music by Alexander Borodin.

It doesn't promote Islam in any way.

It's one of the few classics I have yet to see on stage, but I'd jump at the opportunity to do so.

49 posted on 09/20/2011 1:49:49 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: All

1957-—Vic Damone—Stranger in Paradise

Borodin’s Polovitsian Dance #2 from “Prince Igor”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHDCQtF1pMI


50 posted on 09/20/2011 1:51:51 PM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We canÂ’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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