It was inspired by My Shepherd - Michael Card - An Invitation To Awe uprising of the Riffsa group of Moroccan fighters, against French colonial rule. Originally titled "Lady Fair", after successful out-of-town tryouts in Wilmington, Delawareand Boston, Massachusetts the original Broadway production opened at the Casino Theatre on November 30,and ran for a Dorothy Kirsten And Felix Knight - My Hero / One Alone successful A Place In The Sun - Stevie Wonder - Looking Back. The story is a version of plots such as The Scarlet PimpernelZorro and later Supermanwhere a hero adopts a mild-mannered disguise to keep his true identity a secret.
He loves a beautiful and spirited girl, who loves his hero persona but does not know his real personality, which he keeps hidden under the milquetoast persona. The leading man in the original Broadway production was Scottish baritone Richard Dorothy Kirsten And Felix Knight - My Hero / One Alone and the heroine, Vivienne Segal. It was directed by Arthur Hurley and choreographed by Bobby Connolly, who was later to choreograph the classic film The Wizard of Oz.
In the London production at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane the leading roles were taken by Harry Welchman and Edith Dayand numerous excerpts were recorded with the London cast supported by the Drury Lane orchestra and chorus under conductor Herman Finck.
In the s and s, the Light Opera of Manhattan mounted the operetta several times. Although old-fashioned by present standards, The Desert Song is still occasionally performed and has been made into a motion picture four times, though the second version was a short subject, rather than a feature-length film.
All film versions were made by Warner Brothers. Ina lavish production was filmed, with Technicolor sequences and starring John Boles and Myrna Loy. This version was scrupulously faithful to and captured the spirit of the original Broadway production and became a huge hit. To capitalize on the success of the original picture, Warner Bros.
By the s, the original film had become prohibited from being shown in the United States because of its Pre-Code content which included sexual innuendo, suggestive humor and open discussion of themes such as homosexuality.
Apparently, the Technicolor sequences have survived only in black-and-white. A second feature version was made inwhich was topically altered to have the hero fighting the Nazis. A third color feature version was made inwith most of the adult themes and humor Buckwheats Revenge - Various - Mondo Beat : Masters Of Percussion removed or "sanitized".
This version altered the plot to make General Birabeau the father of Margot, rather than the father of the Red Shadow, as in the play.
Both the and the films changed the hero's name from the Red Shadow to El Khobar. In the version, El Khobar's disguise was that of a mild-mannered Latin teacher who tutored Margot and had to fend off her amorous advances which were fairly discreet by modern standards. Also inall the singing is done by El Khobar, Margot and the male chorus.
None of the other characters in the film sing. French General Birabeau has been sent to Morocco to root out and destroy the Riffs, a band of Arab rebels, who threaten the safety of the French outpost in the Moroccan desert. Their Dorothy Kirsten And Felix Knight - My Hero / One Alonedaredevil leader is Sha-La-La - Thin Lizzy - Nightlife mysterious "Red Shadow", a Frenchman.
The Red Shadow, his Arab lieutenant, Sid El Kar, and their wealthy host, Ali Ben Ali, discuss the relative merits of the Eastern tradition of love for a harem of women like having a garden Dorothy Kirsten And Felix Knight - My Hero / One Alone of fragrant flowersand the Western ideal of loving one woman for life. Margot Bonvalet, a lovely, sassy French girl, is soon to be married at the French fort to Birabeau's right-hand man, Captain Fontaine.
Birabeau's son Pierre, in reality the Red Shadow, loves Margot, but pretends to be a milksop to preserve his secret identity. Meanwhile, Benny, a reporter, and the girl who loves him, Susan, provide comic relief. Margot tells Pierre that she secretly yearns to be swept into the arms of some bold, dashing sheik, perhaps even the Red Shadow himself. Pierre, as the Red Shadow, kidnaps Margot and declares his love for her.
To her surprise, Margot's mysterious abductor treats her with every western consideration. Benny and Susan are captured too. When the Red Shadow comes face to face with General Birabeau, the old man challenges the rebel leader to a duel.
Of course Pierre will not kill his own father, so he refuses to fight, losing the respect of the Riffs. Azuri, the sinuous and secretive native dancing girl, who knows the secret of the Red Shadow's true identity, might be persuaded to reveal the information if she could capture the attention of Captain Fontaine.
Eventually, the Red Shadow's identity is discovered, a deal is struck with the Riffs, and Pierre and Margot live happily ever after. No original Broadway cast recording was made, but the London cast recorded eight selections for EMI.
Decca made an album in with Kitty CarlisleFelix Knight and Wilbur Evanscovering 10 selections from the score. This has not been released on CD. A more complete recording starring Nelson Eddy was made by Columbia Records in This was the preferred recording of this score on LP until the end of the vinyl era. It was re-released on compact disc.
This recording is also available on CD paired with Roberta. It has also been reissued on CD. Released in shortly after the singer's death, it became one of his best-selling LPs and is available on CD, paired with The Student Prince. In as part of a series of stereo recordings of classic operettas, Capitol released a recording of the full score with MacRae and Dorothy Kirsten.
Artists included Anna Moffo and William Lewis. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see The Desert Song disambiguation. Operetta: A Theatrical Historypp. Opera NewsAprilVol. Musicals by Sigmund Romberg. Hidden categories: All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Articles with unsourced statements from December Namespaces Article Talk.
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