It's 1924, on the Greek island of Crete, and you're about to go on a wild, whirlwind tour of the lusty passions of the human heart.
New Line continues its 26th season with ZORBA, the rarely produced gem from the legendary songwriting team, John Kander and Fred Ebb, who brought us Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman (all of which New Line has produced), The Scottsboro Boys, The Visit, Woman of the Year, Steel Pier, The Act, etc., and from bookwriter Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, Rags).
ZORBA is a fearless, fiery, high-energy musical fable about living out loud, based on the famous 1946 novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, its 1964 film adaptaion, and letters that Kander and Ebb found from the real-life Zorba.
The cast of New Line’s ZORBA includes Kent Coffel as Zorba, Dominic Dowdy-Windsor as Nikos, Margeau Steinau as Madame Hortense, Lindsey Jones as the Leader, Ann Hier as the Widow, with Mara Bollini, Sarah Dowling, Robert Doyle, Evan Fornachon, William Pendergast, Devin Riley, Kimi Short, and Sara Rae Womack. The show will be directed by Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy-Windsor, with music direction by Sarah Nelson, choreography by Michelle Sauer, scenic and lighting design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Sarah Porter, and sound design by Benjamin Rosemann.
Originally conceived and directed in 1968 by the legendary Harold Prince, the musical opens in a rowdy bouzouki parlor in Greece where a group of locals has gathered to drink and tell stories. They introduce us to Zorba, the aging hedonist-philosopher dedicated to living life to the fullest, and his very emotional, tragic, but life-affirming encounter with a young man and with the love of a woman.
John Chapman wrote in the Daily News, “Zorba is magnificent – a great work of musical theatre.” Clive Barnes wrote about the show in the New York Times, “From beginning to end this is a musical with exquisite style and finesse. Director Hal Prince calculates his efforts like a Mozart. Prince has learned the principle of the musical as a gesamtumskwerk, the Wagnerian ideal of theatrical unity where every part plays its role in the whole.” The show was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was nominated for a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
ZORBA contains adult content.
ZORBA runs March 2-25, 2017, Thursday through Saturday evenings, all performances at 8:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in Grand Center. March 2 is a preview. Click here for directions.
Tickets are on sale now Metrotix outlets, including the Fox Theatre box office. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors on Thursdays; and $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays. To charge tickets by phone, call Metrotix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the Metrotix website.
HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance all season long, with the code word for each show, which will posted only on New Line's Facebook page. This offer is available only at the door.
EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.
MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.
This show contains adult language and content. All programs subject to change. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.
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