Remember when I learned that Kander & Ebb had written a song for John Raitt when he toured in Zorba, and then despaired of hearing it because I thought it wasn’t recorded? Remember when I learned that song was recorded, but only in Hungarian? Well, someone sent me a copy of the Hungarian Cast Recording of Zorbá, so here is “Bubulina.” You’re on your own for the lyrics.
Were I more talented, I would play the game where I picked a random showtune out of one hat and a random musical genre out of another hat and see if I could make it work. But since I am not talented in that way, I am grateful for YouTube and the American People’s infinite capacity for kitsch.
Here’s Kander & Ebb’s “The Life of the Party” from The Happy Time rendered as a can-can.
Zorba was Hal Prince/Kander and Ebb’s follow up to Cabaret. I don’t know much about it, but is seems like it was Fiddler with Greek people and some extra “conceptual” stuff.
The show was revived by Fran and Barry Weisman in the 80s with stars of the original movie. And Debbie Shaprio Gravitte before she was a Tony winner (or a Gravitte).
*The track normally starts with over a minute of a musical argument (that is interrupted by DSG as “The Leader” who then launches into this song). I cut that part of the track out for this posting since I don’t really have the attention span to sit through it when I want that great opening vamp and some DSG!
I really love Zorba and need someone to revive it so Chita Riveria can play Madame Hortense.
A revival (with Antonio Banderas as Zorba) has been “in the works” for a few years, I believe for the Roundabout.
This is Liza’s encore, not included on the original, briefly available LP issue of the album, consisting of a really tender medley of “My Shining Hour” (from the film The Sky’s The Limit) and “Yes” (from 70 Girls 70).
Dee Does Broadway (Razor & Tie - new on CD) Twisted Sister band member Dee Snider (Rock of Ages) duets with Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth, Cyndi Lauper and more this new album of show tunes. “Cabaret,” “The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd,” “Big Spender” (with Cyndi Lauper), “Mack the Knife,” “Whatever Lola Wants” (with Bebe Neuwirth), “Music Of The Night” (with guest violinist Mark Wood), “The Joint Is Jumpin’” (with Jesse Blaze Snider), “Luck Be A Lady” (with Clay Aiken), “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame” (with Priscilla cast members Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams), “Razzle Dazzle.”