A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “K” is for KISMET


Kismet, set in Baghdad in the times of The Arabian Nights, is a musical with music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest and based on a 1911 play of the same name by Edward Knoblock. The story concerns a poet who talks his way out of trouble several times; meanwhile, his beautiful daughter meets and falls in love.

The musical was first produced on Broadway in 1953 and won the Tony Award for best musical in 1954. It ran for 583 performances. MGM released a film version in 1955.

Some of the more popular songs from Kismet included “Stranger in Paradise” and “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads.” Here, from a 1964 television program, Vic Damone and Judy Garland sing a medley of musical numbers from Kismet.




Eartha Kitt- The orginal CATWOMAN from Batman! Sad….Baghdad has far more culture than car bombs.

Wow, Judy Garland, with as much trouble as she had at that point in her life, still had that magnificent voice.

My favorite version of “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads” is Eartha Kitt’s…

I forgot Judy’s animations when she sang. Been a long time since I saw here. Well, except in Wizard of Oz!

Impromptu Promptlings
A to Z Challenge Letter J

Judy Garland–I completely forgot this one. Thanks.

Love the oldies. What a great choice, and Judy Garland. ❤

I forget about this one…I think “K” and Kiss Me Kate. But Kismet has some beautiful songs!

I love the songs in this musical. What a great clip you found. Two of my favorite singers.

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