Revival aims for Rialto in September 2011

David Leveaux will direct Antonio Banderas in the upcoming Broadway revival of tuner “Zorba,” targeting a Main Stem berth in September 2011.

Banderas’ involvement in the brewing project has long been rumored, but the production’s helmer and start dates have only now been confirmed by Barry Weissler, who will produce the show with his wife Fran.

Leveaux and Banderas previously worked together in the 2003 Main Stem revival of “Nine.”

New production of “Zorba” will be the second Rialto revival for the 1968 tuner, which has a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. In 1983, the Weisslers (“La Cage aux Folles,” “Chicago”) produced a staging toplined by Anthony Quinn, the thesp who won an Oscar for his perf in the 1964 movie version of the story.

Based on the 1946 novel by Nikos Kazantzakis titled “Zorba the Greek,” “Zorba” the musical follows the life-changing friendship of an uptight American with the titular Greek.

A workshop for the new staging was held last month in downtown Gotham.

Weissler said it was too soon to know the production’s capitalization costs, but did say that he intends to include a set design that thrusts the playing space beyond a theater’s traditional proscenium and into the auditorium.

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