Shangri-La (musical)

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Shangri-La
Music Harry Warren
Lyrics James Hilton
Jerome Lawrence
Robert E. Lee
Book James Hilton
Jerome Lawrence
Robert E. Lee
Basis Hilton's novel Lost Horizon
Productions 1956 Broadway
1960 US television

Shangri-La is a musical with a book and lyrics by James Hilton, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert E. Lee and music by Harry Warren.[1]

Based on Hilton's classic 1933 novel Lost Horizon, it focuses on Hugh Conway, a veteran member of the British diplomatic service, who stumbles across a utopian lamasery high in the Himalayas in Tibet after surviving a plane crash in the mountainous terrain. When the dying High Lama asks him to take charge after his death, Conway must decide between embracing the inner peace, love, and sense of purpose he has discovered in this mysterious world or attempt to return to civilization as he knows it.

The Broadway production, directed by Albert Marre and choreographed by Donald Saddler, opened on June 13, 1956 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for only twenty-one performances.[2] The cast included Dennis King, Shirley Yamaguchi, Jack Cassidy, Alice Ghostley, Carol Lawrence, Berry Kroeger, Harold Lang, and Robert Cohan.

Irene Sharaff was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Costume Design.

An audiotape of the show was recorded live during a performance, but an original cast album never was released. The show was mounted for a 1960 television production as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, with several new songs, starring Richard Basehart, Claude Rains, Gene Nelson, Helen Gallagher, and Ghostley reprising her Broadway role.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jie, Chen (24 October 2002). "Sacred Land Represented On Stage". China Daily. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Jordan, R.T. (2004). But Darling, I’m Your Auntie M. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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