John Turturro Leads Encores! “Zorba!”

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Actor John Turturro (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) will return to the New York City stage in the title role of “Zorba!” -- the final production of New York City Center’s 2015 Encores! season.

“Zorba!” -- which features music and lyrics from the superstar team of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb (“The Visit”) -- will run for seven performances, from May 6-10.

The story, adapted from Nikos Kazantzakis’ 1952 novel “Zorba the Greek” by book-writer Joseph Stein, centers on a the friendship between the carefree Greek “jack-of-all-trades” Zorba and a young American man named Nico, who has inherited an abandoned mine on Crete. As the two get closer, they begin romantic relationships with an aging innkeeper and young widow, respectively.

“Frozen” star Santino Fontana, last seen on Broadway in “Cinderella,” will portray Nico. He and Turturro will be joined by a number of stage veterans, including Adam Chanler-Berat (“Peter and the Starcatcher”), Zoë Wanamaker (“Awake and Sing”) and “Bullets Over Broadway” star Marin Mazzie as The Leader of our Greek-chorus of narrators.

“Zorba!” first premiered on Broadway in 1968, and was revived in a 1983 production starring Anthony Quinn. A Broadway revival starring Antonio Banderas was being considered for the 2011-12 season, but never materialized.

The Encores! production will be directed by Walter Bobbie, who also directed the long-running hit revival of Kander & Ebb’s “Chicago.” That production began at New York City Center’s Encores! before transferring to Broadway.

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