For some, The Desert Song is the ultimate musical! Capitalising on the popularity of Lawrence of Arabia and the romanticisation of North Africa, it offers a classic tale of a brave rebel hero – the Red Shadow – disguised as a mild-mannered society fop.
The Desert Song is an old favourite of the Society, which has put on numerous productions of this musical – in 1952, 1958, 1970 and again in 2000. The 1970 production might have been done on a shoestring budget, but was instrumental in reviving the fortunes of the Society after a period of decline in the 1960s.
A further revival in 2000 saw audiences coming from far and wide – such is the continuing popularity of this show, which is only rarely performed these days.
Composer: Sigmund Romberg
Libretto: Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Frank Mandel