KISMET is a three-time Tony® Award-winner (including Best Musical) set in and around ancient Baghdad. The wily poet, charming opportunist, and scammer “Hajj” (played by Jonathan Raviv), weaves his way in and out of conflict while his beautiful daughter “Marsinah,” (played by Ani Djirdjirian), meets and falls in love with “The Caliph” (played by Ariel Neyvadoud), who is unfortunately betrothed to another. “The Wazir,” a high-ranking minister, is played by Austin Durant and Sherz Aletaha portrays his seductive, beautiful wife “Lalume.” In true musical comedy fashion, the day in the life of the slick street poet erupts in a myriad of antics that of course, all work out in the end. The musical was first produced on Broadway in 1953 and won the Tony® Award for best musical in 1954.
A fully staged musical and artistic collaboration, directed by Broadway's Lonny Price, featuring the Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, and a cast of performers across the globe.
Produced by Sara Miller McCune
Musical direction by Nir Kabaretti
Choreography by William Soleau
Kismet is one of Broadways' most renowned musicals. With three Tony Awards (including Best Musical), a smash film, and made-for-television special, it has a lush score from the soaring melodies of Alexander Borodin. Kismet is both complex and extraordinarily simple with its themes of love and faith and the sense of destiny that is never far from us.