Musical - Original

Imperial Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: November 16, 1968
  • Closing Date: August 9, 1969
  • Previews: 12
  • Performances: 305

Music: John Kander

Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Book: Joseph Stein


Zorba the Greek teaches his life-embracing philosophy to a more uptight young student who has inherited a mine in Crete. Zorba maintains his joy in living despite several tragedies, in John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joseph Stein's musical adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel Zorba the Greek and its 1964 film.


Opening Night Cast

Herschel Bernardi Zorba
Maria Karnilova Madame Hortense
Carmen Alvarez The Widow
John Cunningham in Zorba John Cunningham Nikos
Lorraine Serabian Leader
Joseph Alfasa Konstandi
Robert Bernard Old Man
Wayne Boyd Grigoris
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Opening Night Production Credits

Joseph Stein Joseph Stein Book
John Kander John Kander Music
Fred Ebb Fred Ebb Lyrics
Harold Prince Harold Prince Director
  Ron Field Choreographer
  Boris Aronson Scenic Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Outstanding Costume Design Patricia Zipprodt Winner
1969 Outstanding Lyrics Fred Ebb Winner
1969 Outstanding Set Design Boris Aronson Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Outstanding Performance Lorraine Serabian Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Actor in a Musical Herschel Bernardi Nominee
1969 Actress in a Musical Maria Karnilova Nominee
1969 Choreography Ron Field Nominee
1969 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Patricia Zipprodt Nominee
1969 Direction of a Musical Harold Prince Nominee
1969 Featured Actress in a Musical Lorraine Serabian Nominee
1969 Musical   Nominee
1969 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Boris Aronson Winner
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