Life is what you feel,
It's 1924, on the Greek island of Crete, and
you're about to go on a wild, whirlwind tour of the passions of the human
heart. For the vagabond philosopher Zorba, every minute of life must be lived
as if death were around the corner, with no time to be wasted, raising his
eyes to the Crete sky, spreading open his arms, and kicking out his feet as if
he could surely ascend to heaven if he worked enough at it.
Till you can't feel at all.
Life is where you fly and fall.
Running for the shelter,
Naked in the snow;
Learning that a tear drops
Anywhere you go;
Finding it's the mud
That makes the roses grow.
But that's the only choice you know!
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 rowdy, high-energy, deeply emotional fable about learning to
live life out loud, based on the famous 1946 novel Zorba the Greek by
Nikos Kazantzakis, its 1964 film version, and also 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, Colin Dowd, Sarah Dowling, Evan Fornachon, Omega Jones, William Pendergast, 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 Robin Michelle Berger, 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
story opens in a bouzouki parlor in Greece where a group has gathered to tell
stories. They introduce us to Zorba, his philosophy of living life to the
fullest, and a very dramatic, emotional, tragic, but life affirming encounter
with a young man and with love.
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
Hall 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.” John Chapman
wrote in the Daily News, “Zorba is magnificent – a great work of
musical theatre.” The show was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best
Musical, and was nominated for a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best
ZORBA contains adult content.