The Desert Song returned to Broadway in a short-lived 1973 production. Opening at the Uris Theatre on September 05, 1973, this revival of The Desert Song was directed by Henry Butler and choreographed by David Nillo. Chris Callan and David Cryer starred, with supporting performances from Jerry Dodge, Stanley Grover, Michael Kermoyan, John Ribecchi, Gloria Rossi and Gloria Zaglool. The … Read More
This 1967 studio cast recording from Saga Records was inspired by a West End revival of The Desert Song, which had opened at the Palace Theatre earlier that year. The cast was assembled from various U.K. touring productions of the show. Mary Millar and Robert Colman played the leading lovers, with Paul Bretton, Ivor Danvers, Janet Gale, Ted Gilbert, Gordon … Read More
Ten years after the Dennis Morgan/Irene Manning version of The Desert Song, Warner Brothers released yet a third film adaptation of the operetta. Directed by Bruch Humberstone, this remake starred Kathryn Grayson and Gordon MacRae and featured Allyn McLerie as Azuri. The film’s plot was similar to that of its predecessor, and nearly all the same songs were used; only … Read More
This 1959 British studio cast album of highlights from The Desert Song starred Edmund Hockridge and June Bronhill, with the additional talents of Inia Te Wiata, Bruce Forsyth and The Williams Singers. Conducted Michael Collins, the mono recording featured the Michael Collins Orchestra playing 14 tracks from the score, with new orchestrations by Brian Fahey.
The first Broadway revival of The Desert Song opened at City Center on January 08, 1946. Staged by Sterling Halloway and choreographed by Aida Broadbent, the production starred Walter Cassel and Dorothy Sandlin. Jean Bartel, George Burnson, Richard Charles, Wilton Clary and Jack Goode were also featured. The production, a limited run, played 45 performances and closed on February 16, … Read More
Released in stereo on September 15, 1958, this RCA Victor studio cast recording of The Desert Song featured Giorgio Tozzi as Pierre Birabeau and Kathy Barr as Margot Bonvalet. Peter Palmer, Warren Galjour and Eugene Morgan also lent their talents. The album contained 14 tracks, under the musical direction of conductor Lehman Engel.
The second film adaptation of The Desert Song, released on December 17, 1943, was directed by Robert Florey and starred Dennis Morgan, Irene Manning and Bruce Cabot. The original 1929 adaptation of the musical had been released before the Motion Picture Production Code prohibited suggestive humor, innuendo and frank representations of sexuality, so a new version was required to pass … Read More
Gordon MacRae and Lucille Norman led the cast of this 1953 Capitol Records recording of The Desert Song, which also featured Bob Sands and Thurl Ravenscroft, best known as the singing voice in the animated TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Conducted by George Greeley, the album contained twelve selections from the score. Initially released on 10″ LP, the … Read More
Released on May 1, 1929, the first film adaptation of The Desert Song, directed by Roy Del Ruth, starred John Boles, Carlotta King, Louise Fazenda and Myrna Loy. The two-hour film was extremely faithful to the original stage work, retaining 10 of the songs from the score and adhering closely to the original libretto. Portions of the film were released … Read More
The same year that Capitol released the Gordon MacRae/Lucille Norman studio recording of The Desert Song, Columbia Records released an album of selections from the show sung by Nelson Eddy and Doretta Morrow. Produced by Goddard Lieberson, the album also featured Wesley Dalton and David Atkinson. With 17 tracks, this album was the most complete recording of The Desert Song … Read More
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