Skip to comments.'Kismet,' Play About Muslim Poet, Pulled By School Over 9/11 Complaints
Posted on 09/20/2011 12:21:05 PM PDT by Bloody Sam RobertsEdited 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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One for 'our' side?
Johnstown is a nine iron from Shanksville.
Until conservatives start educating themselves in theatre, opera, film and ballet, we are going to have these stupidly stupid actions. How ridiculous.
How about doing ‘El Cid’?....................
“One for ‘our’ side?”
I’m sure that after the ACLU hears about it, they will sue to force the school to do Kismet.
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”?
You know they will. After all, don’t folks have a “right” to “Kismet” per the Constitution?
...and it's just a fine musical.
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..............
As a golfer, I hate to see “nine iron” and “Shanksville” used in the same sentence....just saying.
The Broadway show ran when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn.
Being Muslim is inappropriate.
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!
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
they are neculturny.
What a stupid decision.
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.
Played by Ann Blythe (she of the magnificent smile and voice) in the movie.
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.
This version was on American Movie Classics the other night. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this movie.
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.
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!
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.
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
As I recall it makes the Arabs look rather foolish.
Yes, that’s where I saw it -— on Turner Classic Movies.
I caught a little bit of it. The only other role I’d ever seen Sebastian Cabot in was Mr French on TV.
Absolutely ridiculous. Words like ignorant and bigotted come to mind.
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.
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.
Ann also did a bang-up job in Mildred Pierce, remember?
And have to rub elbows with all the Limo Libs who attend them, but demand that our tax money pay for them? No thanks...
Glad you liked the post-—never know what you’ll find on the net.
Given the state of "culture" today, proudly so!
Beautiful Ann Blyth---professionally voice-trained. Starred with Mario Lanza
and in "Rosemarie" (2nd musical with Howard Keel). Loved her in "Mildred Pierce."
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!
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.
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.
Kismet isn’t culture from ‘today’.
Just plain silly and wrongheaded.
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.
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.
You're an authority on this because you've seen all those stiffs in three Stooges films, right?
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.
"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.
1957-—Vic Damone—Stranger in Paradise
Borodin’s Polovitsian Dance #2 from “Prince Igor”