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ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season

ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season

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#1ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 4/30/10 at 8:31pm

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Weissler_Confirms_Zorba_Headed_to_Broadway_Next_Season_w_Antonio_Banderas_20100430


"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle

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#2ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 4/30/10 at 8:55pm

Now THAT is what I call exciting news for next season.

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#3ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 4/30/10 at 9:18pm

Having seen the original & seeing him in NINE, it is a great marriage. A great star in an underappreciated show.

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jrb_actor
#4ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 4/30/10 at 9:25pm

Very exciting news.


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#5ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 4/30/10 at 9:43pm

What theatre could this be in? Lyceum? Helen Hayes? Cort?

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#6ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 1:11am

So excited! Hope the rest of the cast is just as exciting.


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Trish2
#8ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 8:56am

Is there no one else who they could trust with the choreography? I mean, isn't Trujillo doing enough right now ? And very mediocre ? It seems the pickin's are slim but there has to be someone else who could do justice to this piece. Trujillo is athletic at best ( Memphis) but his work really has no style or signature. Producers just don't want to give untested talent a chance on Broadway. Just go with who's already out there. For my money I would have hired Patti Columbo who's recent work at Papermill ( Seven Brides, etc.) sizzled with style, passion AND athleticism. C'mon, bring in some new blood !

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Borstalboy
#9ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 10:28am

Isn't he still a little too young and hunky for the role?


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alterego
#10ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 10:33am

Mr Roxy, in the last revival didn't they change the lyric to that song to "Life is what you do til the moment you die" as the former was considered too much of a downer?

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#11ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 10:47am

Either lyric is OK as far as I am concerned. I did not see the Quinn revival so only had the original to go by.


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peerrjb
#12ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 12:38pm

The lyric was changed because Quinn wouldn't sing the original, stating that in his not-so-humble-opinion (by that time Quinn thought he had even written the novel) Zorba would NEVER say such a thing. Kander and Ebb didn't really agree, but acquiesced.

Banderas as Zorba strikes me as a strange, but marquee-centric choice. His arched-eyebrow urbanity may be ill-fitted to Zorba's rowdy humanity.

Mattbrain
#13ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 1:02pm

"(by that time Quinn thought he had even written the novel)"

Say whaaaaaat?


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#14ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 2:35pm

Isn't he about the same age Quinn was when he played it?


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Mr Roxy
#15ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 2:39pm

Bernardi was closer to the character than either Quinn or Banderas but I still think Banderas will be great as he was in NINE playing an Italian. This is why it is called acting


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Dollypop
#16ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/1/10 at 5:49pm

I can only hope that Loretta Swit gets tapped to play Mme Hortense. No other living actress could do the role justice. Besides, it's time to get La Swit back on Broadway where she belongs!


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goldenboy
#17ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/2/10 at 10:28am

Loretta Switt? Really? WTF??? Where did that come from?
Are you Loretta Switt?

How bout Chita? or Chrstene Ebersole or Liza-she's old enough..
or hmmmmm

any other ideas for Mdm Hortense?
Maria Karnilova blew me away in the original.

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mallardo
#18ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/2/10 at 12:16pm

I saw Judy Kaye play the role in the LA Reprise production. She was wonderful.


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#19ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/2/10 at 1:05pm

Loretta Swit can't do this, she's already signed on to play Fredrika through the new year.

hazellflagg
#20ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/2/10 at 1:58pm

Tovah Feldshuh as the Chorus Leader

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#21ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/2/10 at 2:02pm

I saw "Zorba" with Anthony Quinn and Debbie Shapiro back in the early 80's in LA at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion before it went to Broadway. It was a great show.

Great news about Antonio coming back to Broadway.

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#22ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/3/10 at 4:52pm

Actually, Liza and Ebersole are both inspired choices. It's a jewel of a role.

The show is one of my favorites, but it's dark, dark, dark, and almost under composed (look at the tunestack -- not a lot of material there).

I'll be there.


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JSquared2
#24ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/13/24 at 8:55pm

Bette's Turban said: "When?"

The thread is from 2010. Check back in another 14 years. 

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#25ZORBA starring Antonio Banderas for next season
Posted: 5/13/24 at 9:25pm

He’s about to open in They’re Playing Our Song in Spain.