Broadway Theatre, (10/16/1983 - 9/02/1984)

First Preview: Oct 05, 1983
Opening Date: Oct 16, 1983
Closing Date: Sep 02, 1984
Total Previews: 14
Total Performances: 362

Category: Musical, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Piraeus; a Crete village; Hortense's Inn and garden; The Widow's house; the church square; the mine entrance.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Produced by Barry & Fran Weissler and Kenneth-John Productions (Kenneth D. Greenblatt: President; John J. Pomerantz: Executive Vice President); Associate Producer: Alecia Parker

Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Music by John Kander; Musical Director: Randolph Mauldin; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Dance arrangements by Thomas Fay

Directed by Michael Cacoyannis; Choreographed by Graciela Daniele; Additional choreography by Theodore Pappas

Scenic Design by David Chapman; Costume Design by Hal George; Lighting Design by Marc B. Weiss; Sound Design by T. Richard Fitzgerald; Hair Design by Steve Atha; Make-Up Design by Steve Atha

General Manager: National Artists Management Company; Company Manager: Robert H. Wallner

Production Stage Manager: Peter Lawrence; Stage Manager: Jim Woolley

Musical Supervisor: Paul Gemignani; Music Contractor: John Monaco; Music Preparation Supervisor: Mathilde Pincus and Victor Jaroway; On Stage Bouzouki: Foti Gonis; Dumbeg: Eddie Kochak; Bouzouki: Angelo Saridis; Accordion: Charles Sauss; Percussion: David Tancredi

Casting: Howard Feuer and Jeremy Ritzer; General Press Representative: Fred Nathan & Associates; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner and Associates; Dance Captain: Jim Litten; Photographer: Martha Swope

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Opening Night Cast

Anthony QuinnZorba
Lila KedrovaMadame Hortense
Chip CorneliusVassilakas
Suzanne CostallosAthena
Michael DantuonoManolakas
Frank DeSalKonstandi
Turkish Dancer
Russian Admiral
Angelina FiordellisiMarika
Tim FlavinAnagnosti
Karen GiombettiMaria
Cafe Whore
Charles KarelMavrodani
Peter KevoianKatapolis
Raphael LaMannaConstable
Peter MarinosMarinakos
Rob MarshallMarsalias
Taro MeyerThe Widow
John MineoThanassai
French Admiral
Panchali NullDespo
Aurelio PadronMimiko
Richard Warren PughYorgo
Italian Admiral
Thomas David ScalisePavli
Debbie ShapiroThe Woman
Paul StraneyPriest
English Admiral
Susan TerryKatina
Pamela TrevisaniSophia
Robert WestenbergNikos

Swings: Jim Litten and Danielle R. Striker

Standby: Chip Cornelius (Manolakas), Suzanne Costallos (Madame Hortense), Michael Dantuono (Nikos), Angelina Fiordellisi (The Woman), Charles Karel (Zorba), James Lockhart (Mavrodani, Zorba), John Mineo (Mimiko) and Susan Terry (The Widow)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1984 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Lila Kedrova

Drama Desk Award

winner 1984 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Lila Kedrova

Theatre World

winner 1984 Award [recipient] 

Robert Westenberg


music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb

ACT 1 Sung By
Life IsThe Woman and Company
The First Time Zorba
The Top of the HillThe Woman and Company
No Boom BoomMadame Hortense, Admirals, Zorba and Nikos
Vive La DifferenceAdmirals
Mine SongCompany
The ButterflyThe Widow, Nikos and The Woman
Goodbye, CanavaroMadame Hortense, Zorba and Nikos
GrandpapaZorba, The Woman and Company
Only Love Madame Hortense
The Bend of the RoadThe Woman
Only Love (Reprise) The Woman
ACT 2 Sung By
Woman Zorba
Why Can't I Speak/That's a BeginningThe Widow, Nikos and The Woman
Easter DanceCompany
Miner's DanceThe Men
The CrowThe Woman, Crows and Monks
Happy BirthdayMadame Hortense
I Am FreeZorba

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Broadway Theatre

(10/16/1983 - 9/2/1984)
Musical Director: Antony Geralis.

Company Manager: Rheba Flegelman.

Production Stage Manager: Steven Zweigbaum; Stage Manager: Arturo E. Porazzi.

Assistant Conductor: Al Cavaliere.

Dance Captain: John Mineo.


Dean Badolato
French Admiral
Vivian Blaine
During Lila Kedrova's vacation
Madame Hortense (Jan 10, 1984 - Jan 30, 1984)
Randy Hills
Jim Litten
Jeff McCarthy
Kevin McCready
Cynthia Sophiea

Standbys: Cynthia Sophiea (The Woman).

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