Musical ‘Zorba’ at The Gary The Olivia Theater in Bethlehem

A slice of life on the Greek island of Crete comes to Bethlehem with the production of “Zorba,” presented by Clay & Wattles Theater Co. The Tony-winning musical opens Saturday, July 30, at The Gary The Olivia Theater, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14.

The show was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb (“Chicago,” “Cabaret”). Based on the novel “Zorba the Greek,” by Nikos Kazanzakis, the book inspired the film starring Anthony Quinn as Zorba, and Alan Bates as the teacher/writer, Nikos.

“Zorba” tells the story of worker Alexis Zorba, a jack-of-all-trades, and his relationship with Nikos, an American of Greek descent who ventures to Greece to reopen a lignite mine on the island of Crete. It features Greek village life, dancing and hauntingly beautiful melodies.

The role of Zorba will be played by Thomas Camm, most recently seen in the Clay & Wattles production of “Man of La Mancha” as Don Quixote. Niko will be portrayed by New York-based actor Maurio Hines, last seen as Pedro in “Man of La Mancha,” and in recent engagements with the Virginia Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival, an opera company that performs at the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake near Cooperstown, N.Y.

Madame Hortense will be portrayed by Alika Hope, last seen as Bloody Mary in the Clay & Wattles production of “South Pacific,” and as a featured performer in the band Ray of Hope. The role of Widow will be played by Sophia Sapronov, last seen as Thea in Clay and Wattles’ “Fiorello.”

Woodbury artist Matt Wood is the production’s set designer. The theater is on the bucolic grounds of the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis.

The Gary The Olivia Theater, 249 Flanders Road, Bethlehem. Saturday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 14. $35-$28. 203-273-5669,,