Dubbed Egypt’s 4th Pyramid, Umm Kulthum is the woman whose musical legacy sculpted Arab history and engraved women’s voices into the consciousness of the Arab world. This powerful musical covers her most mesmerising works spanning from the 1920’s up to the 1970’s, culminating in her iconic performance at Paris’ L’Olympia. Making its highly anticipated worldwide debut, this is the story of the female voice that outshone time.
Egyptian Delta, turn of the century. The religious leader of the village of Tammay al Zakkariyya, takes his daughter to sing in a village mawlid, where she stuns crowds with the strength of her voice. As she gets older, he dresses her as a Bedouin boy to perform, before taking her to Cairo to develop her career, where she is surrounded by the great composers, intellectuals, musicians and political thinkers of Egypt’s Golden Era. It is here that she meets the Sorbonne educated poet, Ahmed Rami and a love story begins. Loved by all and owned by none, Umm Kulthum’s admirers vied for her affections and praise with their attention and with their compositions. Her songs of love and yearning express the many forms that love can take; its pain and complexity. This play and musical tribute tells a story of a woman who did it her own way in a world of men; constantly rising against currents of change, transforming her music, her image and her style, to become a legend: Umm Kulthum, The Star of the Orient.
Songs including Inta Omri, Alf Laylah, Fakharouni, Al atlal a will be performed live.
An Umm Kulthum Musical Production brought to you by Mona Khash Productions & AM Management.
Language: Dialogue acting in English & music sung in Arabic