Zorba


"Filled with passion and genuine exuberance."
– Tina Farmer, KDHX

"A real revelation… a genuine must see.”
– Chris Gibson, BroadwayWorld.com

"Another home run for New Line."
– Kevin Brackett, ReviewSTL

“A lived-in marvel of beauty and honesty.”
– Paul Friswold, The Riverfront Times

"A gemlike production"
– Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Intriguing and intoxicating. . . Zorba the musical will lift your spirits with its wisdom and its zest and make you appreciate what you have all the more."
– Mark Bretz, Ladue News

It's 1924, on the Greek island of Crete, and ZORBA takes you on a wild, whirlwind tour of the lusty passions of the human heart.

New Line continued 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 included 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 was 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.

Want to explore more?
We recommend:

The show's original cast album, the script, and the vocal selections

The original novel and the film

The original Broadway cast of Zorba on The Tonys

A 1968 review of Zorba by college student Frank Rich for the Harvard Crimson