John Turturro Is Zorba! for City Center Encores!, Starting Tonight | Playbill

News John Turturro Is Zorba! for City Center Encores!, Starting Tonight
The City Center Encores! production of the classic Kander and Ebb musical Zorba! plays the famed Manhattan venue May 6-10.

John Turturro stars in the title role with Adam Chanler-Berat as Mimiko, Robert Cuccioli as Mavrodani, Elizabeth A. Davis as The Widow, Santino Fontana as Niko, Marin Mazzie as The Leader, Robert Montano as Manolakas, Carlos Valdes as Pavli and Zoë Wanamaker as Hortense.

The ensemble comprises Enrique Acevedo, Yusef Bulos, Laura D’Andre, Sean Ewing, Richard Gatta, Evangelia Kingsley, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Vanessa Lemonides, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Michelle Peterson, David Scott Purdy, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Matthew Rossoff, Rommy Sandhu, Gavriel Savit, Allysa Shorte, Evan D. Siegel, Joseph J. Simeone , Alex Syiek, Nicholas Ward and James Zannelli.

Santino Fontana and John Turturro
Santino Fontana and John Turturro Photo by Joan Marcus

Directed by Walter Bobbie, the limited engagement has choreography by Josh Rhodes and musical direction by Rob Berman. The musical marks the final production of New York City Center’s 2015 Encores! season.

Zorba!, according to press notes, is Joseph Stein, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s re-imagining of Nikos Kazantzakis’s best-selling tale of "Zorba (John Turturro), a larger than life Greek jack-of-all-trades who 'lives every day as if it will be his last' and his friendship with Nikos (Santino Fontana), a young American student. Life becomes complicated when the men become involved with two women: Zorba with the aging innkeeper Madame Hortense (Zoë Wanamaker) and Nikos with a beautiful widow. Commenting on the story is a Greek chorus-like group, led by The Leader (Marin Mazzie), who begins the play by explaining exactly what 'Life Is.'"

Zorba! has a book by Stein, music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. It was adapted from "Zorba the Greek" by Kazantzakis. The original production starred Herschel Bernardi and Maria Karnilova and was directed by Harold Prince. It opened at the Imperial Theatre Nov. 16, 1968, and ran for 305 performances. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), by calling (212) 581-1212, or online at

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