Aldredge, Kim, Parkinson Part of Encores! Kismet Cast

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Casting is complete for the upcoming City Center Encores! presentation of Kismet, which will play City Center Feb. 9-12. Lonny Price directs.
Elizabeth Parkinson
Elizabeth Parkinson Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Joining the previously announced leads Brian Stokes Mitchell (as Hajj), Marin Mazzie (as LaLume) and Danny Gurwin (as Caliph), are Tom Aldredge as Jawan, Randall Duk Kim as Omar, Danny Rutigliano as Wazir and Marcy Harriell as Marsinah. Dancer Elizabeth Parkinson, one of the original stars of Movin' Out, and Rachelle Rak, of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will be among the female dancers. Joining them are Liza Bugarin, Michelle Camaya, Sumie Maeda and Jennifer Savelli.

The male dancing corps will include Joe Reid, Marcus Choi, Michael Baldarrama and Keith Kuhl.

The ensemble features Scott Dispensa, Scott Watanabe, Roland Rusinek, Frank Mastrone, Tony Falcon, Jay Lusteck, Dennis Blackwell, Tim Salamandyk, Andre McRae, Michael X. Martin, Larry Beale Small, Justin Lee Miller, Marcus Nance, Christine Arand, Nina Negri, Jane Brockman, Christine Clemmons-McCune, Laura Yen Solito, Solange Sandy and Robin Payne.

Kismet, originally billed as "a Musical Arabian Night" in 1953, is a rollicking and romantic look at Middle-Eastern life borrowing themes from the Russian composer Alexander Borodin.

The book is by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, drawn from a play by Edward Knoblock, with music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest (Grand Hotel, Song of Norway, Kean). The score includes "Stranger in Paradise," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" and the raucous "Not Since Nineveh."

An M-G-M movie of "Kismet" (1955) starred Howard Keel (in tanning makeup), and a 1978 revision of it appeared on Broadway as Timbuktu, re-setting the action in Africa (Eartha Kitt and Melba Moore starred). Co songwriter Robert Wright died July 27, 2005, at age 90. Forrest predeceased him.

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