Zorba!

by  Joseph Stein, Fred Ebb, John Kander

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  27m, 12f

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This splendid musical ran for a year on Broadway and was followed by a widely acclaimed national tour. The story of Zorba, the Greek, carefree vagabond and his chosen friend and master, unworldly Nikos; the romance of Zorba and the aging courtesan Madame Hortense and of Nikos and the withdrawn, beau…

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    Cast Size

    27m, 12f

Additional Info

This splendid musical ran for a year on Broadway and was followed by a widely acclaimed national tour. The story of Zorba, the Greek, carefree vagabond and his chosen friend and master, unworldly Nikos; the romance of Zorba and the aging courtesan Madame Hortense and of Nikos and the withdrawn, beautiful widow; a mine disaster, murder, suicide, a blood feud—Zorba! has all the ingredients that make for dramatically engaging theatre. The powerful score from the composers of Cabaret and Kiss of the SpiderWoman includes Life Is, No Boom-Boom, The Butterfly and I Am Free. Compelling music and a rousing story make Zorba! an outstanding opportunity for musical theatre performers and audiences alike.
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Accolades

  • Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1969. 

Reviews

Reviews:

"Zorba! is a most welcome oddity." - NY Post

"...this 1968 musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb has a robust and lively score." - NY Daily News

Videos

  • Zorba! - Encores! Preview
  • Zorba! - Encores! in Rehearsal
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Large

Song Samples

Life Is
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First Time
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The Top of the Hill
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No Boom Boom
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The Butterfly
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Goodbye, Canavaro
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Grandpapa
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Only Love
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Bend of the Road
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Y'Assou
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Woman
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That's a Beginning
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The Crow
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Happy Birthday
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I Am Free
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Finale Ultimo
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Casting

27m, 12f
ZORBA
MADAME HORTENSE
THE WIDOW
NIKOS
LEADER
KONSTANDI
OLD MAN
GRIGORIS
IRINI
ATHENO
FIVOS
MIMIKO
PAVLI
DESPO
MEROPI
CHYRISTO
THANOS
KANAKAS
EFERPI
PANAYOTIS
ARISTOS
GEORGI
MANOLAKAS
ANTONIS
TASSO
MARINA
VASILLIS
MAVRODANI
KATAPOLIS
ZACHARIAS
BELLY DANCER
ALEXIS
FATHER ZACHARIA
KYRIAKOS
KONSTANTINOS
LOUKAS
SOPHIA
ALIKI
CONSTABLE
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano Conductor Score
28 Vocal Chorus Books/Libretti

Reed I
Reed II
Reed III
Reed IV
Horn
Trumpet I & II
Trumpet III
Trombone I
Trombone II
Percussion
Guitar
Manodlin/Bouzouki
Accordion
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass

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Authors

Joseph Stein

Joseph Stein

Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (1928 – 2004) won Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Awards for his work as a writer, director, and composer. His collaborations with John Kander, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Liza Minnelli made him a legend in the New York theatre community. Mr. Kander and Mr. ...

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John Kander

John Harold Kander was born on March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harold and Berenice (Aaron) Kander. He was exposed to music at an early age. Kander believed that a bout of tuberculosis as a baby, which had kept him isolated from other people, had actually helped him develop his sense of sound. At age six he b ...

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Zorba! was first presented on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in November 1968. 

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