"I live as if I would die any minute." So says Zorba (John Turturro), the force of nature at the center of John Kander and Fred Ebb's 1968 musical about love, loss, and what it means to be truly alive.
Zorba! tells the story of a shy American intellectual named Niko (Santino Fontana) who befriends the irrepressible jack-of-all-trades Zorba. As they traipse across the island of Crete, the two men dance, philosophize, and pursue women—including a French innkeeper with a mysterious past (Zoë Wanamaker).
Kander and Ebb's haunting score captures the spirit of Greece, complete with eight-string bouzouki music and a Greek chorus of storytellers led by Marin Mazzie.
Cast & Credits
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Adapted from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Choreography by Josh Rhodes
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Starring Adam Chanler-Berat, Robert Cuccioli, Elizabeth A. Davis, Santino Fontana, Marin Mazzie, Robert Montano, John Turturro, Carlos Valdes, and Zoë Wanamaker
With Enrique Acevedo, Yusef Bulos, Laura D’Andre, Sean Ewing, Richard Gatta, Evangelia Kingsley, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Vanessa Lemonides, Maria-Christina Oliveras, David Scott Purdy, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Matthew Rossoff, Rommy Sandhu, Gavriel Savit, Allysa Shorte, Evan D. Siegel, Joseph J. Simeone, Alex Syiek, Sultana Taj, Nicholas Ward, and James Zannelli
Zorba! is sponsored by
Support for Zorba! is provided by
Roz and Jerry Meyer
Encores! Season Sponsors
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Nathalie and Pablo Salame
The Shubert Foundation