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KISMET Musical coming to the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara


SANTA BARBARA, Calif .– The musical KISMET heads to the Granada Theater for a special three-show tour of Santa Barbara only.

The musical is a comedy based in ancient Baghdad. The story follows a poet, a crook named Hajj who pushes his way in and out of trouble while his beautiful daughter named Marsinah meets and falls in love with the “caliph” who is engaged to another.

The musical was produced on Broadway in 1953 and won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1954.

“This production offers the perfect opportunity to modernize and authentically represent KISMET. I’m so happy to say that I think this is perhaps the most authentic cast to play this show, ever, ”said director Lonny Price, who has helmed many other shows including Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, Campany and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert.

Santa Barbara resident and philanthropist Sara Miller McCune donated it to the region for her 80th birthday.

The show is produced by two-time Tony Award-winning theater producer Ken Davenport and regionally produced in Santa Barbara by Miller McCune.

Cultural consultant Naila Al-Atrash, professor of Arab theater and cinema at New York University, helped ensure an accurate portrayal of the inspired world of the Middle East.

The three performances will take place at the Granada Theater on Saturday 23 October at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 24 October at 2:30 p.m.

The show is a collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony and the State Street Ballet.

Alexander Borodin’s original score is conducted by Nir Kabaretti and The Santa Barbara Symphony, with an all-new choreography by State Street Ballet co-artistic director William Soleau.

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