Kwamina (musical)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Original Cast Album
Music Richard Adler
Lyrics Richard Adler
Book Robert Alan Aurthur
Premiere October 23, 1961 (1961-10-23) – 54th Street Theatre
Productions 1961 Broadway

Kwamina is a musical which originally debuted on Broadway on October 23, 1961 at the 54th Street Theatre, and ran for 32 performances, ending on November 18, 1961. It starred Sally Ann Howes, Terry Carter, Robert Guillaume, and Brock Peters, among others, and was directed by Robert Lewis and choreographed by Agnes de Mille, with a libretto by Robert Alan Aurthur and songs by Richard Adler.


The son of an African tribal chief returns home after attending medical school in London and finds his modern methods conflict with his village's traditions. He also butts heads with the village's white female doctor, but he ultimately falls in love with her.

Original cast album[edit]

The original cast album was recorded for Capitol Records on Monday, November 20, 1961 following the Saturday close two days earlier. A cast album had already been planned based on hopes that the show would be a hit, but Capitol Records, despite the extremely short run of the show, went ahead and made and released the album, and it has since reached a cult status. It has recently been made available for online download on iTunes and Amazon (UK).

Jazz pianist Billy Taylor released The Original Jazz Score of Kwamina in 1961.


External links[edit]


  • You Gotta Have Heart – by Richard Adler
  • Sing Out Louise! – by Dennis McGovern & Deborah Grace Winer. Schirmer Books, 1993.
  • Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops by Ken Mandelbaum, published by St. Martin's Press, October 1991
  • Slings and Arrows: Theatre in My Life by Robert Lewis, Stein & Day, 1984. ISBN 0-8128-2965-4