MAIS EL REEM
In the 1970s in Lebanon, the musical writing group of the Rahbani Brothers, Assi and Mansour, unknowingly created a masterpiece of musical theater. Along with their mega-star Fairouz, they wrote the Arabic language version of Romeo and Juliet...it would be called Mais El-Reem, the Arabic for "Deer's Meadow".
Mind you that the play was in the 70's. As you look at the pictures and videos below, you'll be transported to a simpler time (though war was breaking out around them in Lebanon at the time). Fairouz, her real life sister Huda, and an all-star cast created this great story. Even if you don't understand Arabic, the melodies and harmonies, will carry you along.
ZAYOUN ARRIVES IN MAIS EL REEM
ZAYOUN GETS IN DEEP TROUBLE
PREP FOR BATTLE
AMAZING SONGS in ACT ONE
THE MAYOR ARRIVES WITH A TWIST
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