This summer, Palm Beach Dramaworks will be celebrating the stage with its Concert Presentation series. Essentially staged readings of musicals, these full-length concert performances will include both the book and score of acclaimed Broadway musicals set to a limited instrumental accompaniment and minimal staging and design. This summer, two productions are slated: Zorba!, June 20-29; and The Most Happy Fella, July 18-27.
Adapted from the Nikos Kazantzakis novel Zorba the Greek, the musical Zorba! focuses on the relationship between title character Zorba and Nikos, a young American student who inherited an abandoned mine on Crete. Though their journey is filed with misfortune and tragedy, Zorba tries to teach his young friend to embrace life, to live for the moment.
Written by Joseph Stein (book), John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics), Broadway veteran William Parry will take on the title role in the Dramaworks production. With more than 40 years of theater experience under the belt, Parry originated roles in four shows with scores by Stephen Sondheim (Sunday in the Park with George, Passion, Assassins and The Road).
- Palm Beach Dramaworks will stage 14 performances of Zorba! from June 20-29.
- Showtimes are as follows: Wednesday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.
- Specially priced, $32, preview night for Zorba! will take place on June 19 at 8 p.m.
Based on the play They Knew What They Wanted, the 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella harkens back to rural Napa Valley in the 1920’s where a love triangle evolves. Perhaps a prelude to online dating, Tony, an older grape grower strikes up a mail-based relationship with “Rosabella,” a younger woman from San Francisco. After swapping photos of one another—Tony’s being that of a younger farmhand in his employ—the two decide to marry. But once the two finally meet, the lies laid through mail correspondence unravel.
Written by Frank Loesser (book, music and lyrics) in 1956, The Most Happy Fella was nominated for six Tony Awards. PB Dramaworks alum, star of last year’s Man of La Mancha, William Michais will join a cast of 12 for this abbreviated performance.
- Tickets cost $40.
- Showtimes are as follows: Wednesday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
- A specially priced, $32, preview show is scheduled for July 17 at 8 p.m.
- For more information, visit palmbeachdramaworks.org.