A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “Z” is for ZORBA



Zorba is a musical adapted from the 1952 novel Zorba the Greek (Nikos Kazantzakis). The subsequent film in 1964 was also titled Zorba the Greek, but the Broadway musical was simply called Zorba. It focuses on the friendship that evolves between Zorba and Nikos, a young American who has inherited an abandoned mine on the isle of Crete, and their romantic relationships with a local widow and a French woman, respectively.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 1968, directed by Harold Prince. The original production ran for 305 performances, but a 1983 Broadway revival ran for 362 performances with a cast starring Anthony Quinn.

While there were no clips available for the Broadway show, this is from the film Zorba the Greek, with Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates in the roles of Zorba and Nikos.



Martha I’m linking you to Man, It’s May – Award Winning Edition
I hope you’ll participate, and I hope I did it right ❤

I want to see this movie. I’ve always wanted to but never have and I LOVE Anthony Quinn…


Congratulations on finishing the A-Z Challenge. I have enjoyed reading your posts….even if I did so “after the fact!” Beside learning about Broadway, I am impressed by your planning , research, and execution. Sometimes that is far more difficult than waking up one day and saying “what crazy crap can I think up today for Zulu Delta”; never having to tie it into a theme for continuing tomorrow. As always, thanks so much for reading my own blog and supporting my work. Keep writing!!

Zulu Delta

I have been to Crete just to fly in and sail out the same day on a ship. Now I suddenly want to go back……….

WOW, you did it! All the way to Z!

Diane M. Sterrett http://www.dmsterrett.com/ http://www.facebook.com/dmsterrett e: dmsterrett@cox.net m: 401.855.1631 Tiverton, RI 02878

You did it! You reached “Z” on the A to Z Challenge. Congrats! 🎈

Another film I have only seen parts of. When it comes to plays, books and movies, there are just not enough hours in the day or days in our lives. Congratulations on finishing the challenge.

Another excellent choice. You’ve left me with a need for more musicals in my life. Thankfully, I have Netflix. They should come up with a few (that you didn’t mention).

Thank you for the 30 days of music. I enjoyed it. Helen

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Thank you, Hilary and Denise – for your support of my posts all this month, and also for your own efforts. I’ve enjoyed reading your daily posts!

I agree with Hilary wholeheartedly. I love the music from Zorba! Cheers, Denise

Hi Martha – this is one of those evocative musicals … sad, happy, delightful and full of joy … excellent range of musicals you given us to refer back to – cheers – Hilary


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