John Turturro, Zoe Wanamaker and Santino Fontana head the cast of this rarely staged musical by the deluxe team of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joseph Stein.


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After Antonio Banderas demonstrated in the 2003 production of Nine that he could carry a Broadway musical with confidence, there was talk of packaging his swarthy charms in a revival of the 1968 show, Zorba. There’s plenty in this underpowered seven-performance presentation to suggest why that planned production failed to materialize, even if the title has somehow acquired an exclamation mark.

Like Tevye, the central character in Fiddler on the Roof, another show with a book by Joseph Stein, the protagonist here is a larger-than-life figure — an almost volcanic force of nature. But the shortcomings of a miscast John Turturro in the role are only part of the problem.

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