Kander & Ebb’s stirring 1968 show will be performed without sets or costumes, but with a full company and all of the spoken dialogue and songs. Based on the popular novel and film Zorba the Greek starring Anthony Quinn, it’s the story of a force of nature: “I believe in grabbing at life,” says Zorba. “Every minute is a new minute. Never happened before.” “I Am Free,” he proclaims in song, and you are bound to be moved by his credo.
“When I saw the recent in-concert production at the New York City Center Encores! series,” says Rudman, “nearly everyone in the sold-out house remained in their seats after the show. They wanted to talk about characters who embrace love, life and death with equal passion.” We’ll present one of Cleveland’s finest actors, Fabio Polanco, in the title role, joined by members of the Kent State University Musical Theatre Program directed by Terri Kent.
November 7th: “Singing a Rainbow”
Songs to attract both our ears and our eyes, and we’ll paint our canvas with everything from “Blue Skies” to “Color and Light” to “Pink Elephants on Parade.”
November 14th: “Spotlight on Sylvia McNair”
In the early 1990s, the great classically trained soprano decided what she loved most was not opera but the Great American Songbook! Here’s the proof.
November 21st: “Happily Ever After”
Musical fairy tales from stage, screen and television performed by stars ranging from Mary Martin to Carol Burnett, from Angela Lansbury to Liza Minnelli.
November 28th: “Funny Men”
We have 11 of them waiting in the wings—three generations from Ed Wynn to Nathan Lane and including Phil Silvers, Bob Hope and Martin Short.
December 5th: “Prime Real Estate”
We’ll give our regards to Broadway, vacation on Bali H’ai, check out a little bungalow in Quogue … you get the picture.
December 12th: “A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 1)” This three-part interview show spotlights a great Broadway and Hollywood songwriter; in part one we focus on his Broadway breakthrough with “Best Foot Forward” and the iconic songs for MGM’s “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
December 19th: “A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 2)” In this episode Martin reflects on his Broadway musical “Make a Wish,” London’s “Love from Judy” and his work with Judy Garland at the Palace.
December 26th: “A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 3)” The final installment of our salute to a master songwriter, featuring Tammy Grimes and Bea Lillie in “High Spirits,” the stage version of “Meet Me in St. Louis” and lots more.
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