Faith Prince to Make London Stage Debut in June

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Tony Award winner Faith Prince, seen earlier this year in the Reprise! Marvelous Musical Mondays staging of Baby, will head the cast of the English National Opera's upcoming production of Kismet.
Faith Prince
Faith Prince

Prince will play Lalume in the production, which runs June 25-July 14. Prince will be joined onstage by Michael Ball (Hajj), Donald Maxwell (Imam), Sarah Tynan (Marsinah), Alfie Boe (The Caliph), Julian Curry (Jawan), Graeme Danby (Wazir) and Rodney Clark (Chief of Police). Full casting will be announced shortly.

Gary Griffin, who helmed the The Color Purple, will direct the production, which will feature choreography by Javier De Frutos. Richard Hickox and Simon Lee will conduct the ENO orchestra; Ultz will design sets and costumes.

The ENO mounting will mark the first new West End production of the musical in nearly three decades. This revised version of Kismet is being conceived by director Griffin, writer-performer Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Luther Davis, who penned the original book with Charles Lederer.

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 Lederer and Davis, drawn from a play by Edward Knoblock, with music and lyrics by Wright and Forrest (Grand Hotel, Song of Norway, Kean). The score includes "Stranger in Paradise," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" and the raucous "Not Since Nineveh." Faith Prince won a Tony Award for her performance as Adelaide in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls and starred Off-Broadway in the Lincoln Center production of A Man of No Importance. Her numerous Broadway credits include Noises Off, Bells Are Ringing, James Joyce's The Dead, Little Me, The King and I, What's Wrong with This Picture?, Nick & Nora and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Her solo recording, "Leap of Faith," was recorded live at Joe's Pub and is available from DRG Records.

Tickets for Kismet are now on sale by calling 0870 145 0900 or by visiting

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