(1942- 1977). Active on Broadway
in the following productions:
(1942). Stage Play: Cafe Crown. Comedy.
(1942). Stage Play: Keep 'em Laughing. Musical/vaudeville
(1942). Stage Play: Top-Notchers. Musical/vaudeville
(1945). Stage Play: Concert Varieties. Musical/vaudeville
. Featuring songs by Harl MacDonald and Paquita Anderson. Musical Director: Pembroke Davenport. [Act 2: Music by Morton Gould
. Choreographed by Jerome Robbins.] Company Manager: John Tuerk. Ziegfeld Theatre: 1 Jun 1945- 28 Jun 1945 (36 performances). [Act 1] Cast: Albert Ammons, William Archibald, Talley Beatty, Sidney Catlett, Nestor Chayres, Imogene Coca
, The Katherine Dunham Dancers, Peter Johnson, John Krise, Eddie Mayehoff, Zero Mostel
, Janet Reed, Jerome Robbins
, Rosario & Antonio, The Salici Puppets, Deems Taylor
. [Act 2] Cast: Muriel Bentley, Michael Kidd
, Eric Kristen, John Kriza
], Janet Reed, Jerome Robbins, Bettina Rosay, Roszika Sabo. Produced by Billy Rose
(1946). Stage Play: Beggar's Holiday. Musical. Music by 'Duke Ellington,'. Book by John La Touche
. Lyrics by John La Touche. Musical Director: Max Meth. Orchestrations under personal supervision of Billy Strayhorn. Based on "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay. Lyrics of "Brown Penny" based on poem by William Butler Yeats
. Choreographed by Valerie Bettis. Production Design by Oliver Smith. Book Directed by Nicholas Ray
Theatre: 26 Dec 1946- 29 Mar 1947 (111 performances). Cast: Alfred Drake
(as "MacHeath"), Zero Mostel
(as "Hamilton Peachum"), Hy Anzell
(as "Customer") [Broadway debut
], Marjorie Belle (as "The Lookout/The Girl/Lead Dancer"), Jack Bittner (as "Highbinder/Member of Mac's Gang"), Perry Bruskin (as "The Foot/Mooch/Member of Mac's Gang"), Marie Bryant (as "The Cocoa Girl"), Stanley Carlson (as "Fingersmith/Member of Mac's Gang"), Lewis Charles (as "A Drunk/Member of Mac's Gang"), William Dillard (as "The Horn/Member of Mac's Gang"), Malka Farber (as "Trixy Turner/Dancer"), Paul Godkin (as "Wire Boy/The Boy/Lead Dancer"), Thomas Gomez (as "The Pursued/The Other Eye/Dancer"), Doris Goodwin (as "Mrs. Trapes/Dancer"),Claire Hale (as "Baby Mildred/Dancer"), Leonne Hall (as "Betty Doxy"), Douglas Henderson (as "The Caser"), Lucas Hoving (as "Policeman/Strip/Dancer"), Dorothy Johnson (as "Mrs. Peachum"), Elmira Jones-Bey (as "Bessie Buns/Dancer"), Nina Korda (as "Minute Lou"), Avon Long (as "Careless Love"), Jet MacDonald (as "Polly Peachum"), Tommie Moore (as "Tawdry Audrey"), Gordon Nelson (as "O'Heister/Customer/Black Marketeer/Member of Mac's Gang"), Lavina Nielson (as "Dolly Trull/Dancer"), Bernice Parks (as "Jenny"), Albert Popwell
(as "Plainclothesman/Slam/Dancer"), Herbert Ross
(as "Policeman/Bartender/Dancer"), Archie Savage
(as "Cop/Gunsel/Dancer"), Mildred Joanne (as "Smith Lucy Lockit"), Rollin Smith (as "Chief Lockit"), Pan Theodore (as "The Eye/Blenkinsop"), Royce Wallace (as "Annie Coaxer/Dancer"), Enid Williams (as "Flora/The Harpy/Dancer"). Replacement actor: Margaret Wilson (as "Betty Doxy"). Produced by Perry Watkins and John R. Sheppard Jr.
(1952). Stage Play: Flight Into Egypt. Drama. Written by George Tabori
credit]. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner
. Directed by Elia Kazan
. Music Box Theatre: 18 Mar 1952- 19 Apr 1952 (46 performances). Cast: Joseph Anthony, Leon Bibb
, Voytek Dolinski, Randolph Echols, Edgar Franken, Chris Gampel, Gusti Huber, Don Keefer, Paul Lukas
, Ellen Mahar, Paul Mann, Zero Mostel
, David Opatoshu, John Rodney, Fred Stewart
, Jo Van Fleet
, Fred Williams. Produced by Irene Mayer Selznick.
(1954). Stage Play: Lunatics and Lovers. Drama.
(1956). Stage Play: The Good Woman of Setzuan.
(1957). Stage Play: Good as Gold. Comedy.
(1960). Stage Play: The Good Soup.
(1961). Stage Play: Rhinoceros.
(1961). Stage Play: Rhinoceros [return engagement].
(1962). Stage Play: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Musical comedy. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
. Based on material by Burt Shevelove
and Larry Gelbart
. Choreographed by Jack Cole
. Uncredited staging and choreography by Jerome Robbins
. Directed by George Abbott
. Alvin Theatre (moved to the Mark Hellinger Theatre on 9 Mar 1964 to 9 May 1964 then moved to The Majestic Theatre on 11 May 1964 to close): 1 May 1962- 29 Aug 1964 (964 performances + 8 previews). Cast: Zero Mostel
, David Burns, John Carradine
(as "Lycus, a buyer and seller of courtesans"), Brian Davies, Jack Gilford
(as "Hysterium, slave to Senex and Domina"), Ron Holgate, Ruth Kobart, Preshy Marker, Raymond Walburn
(as "Erronius a citizen of Rome"), Judy Alexander, Lucienne Bridou, David Evans, Lisa James, Roberta Keith, Gloria Kristy, Eddie Phillips, George Reeder, Myrna White. Produced by Harold Prince
(1964). Stage Play: Fiddler on the Roof. Musical comedy/drama. Book by Joseph Stein
. Based on stories by Sholom Aleichem
. Music by Jerry Bock
. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
. Music orchestrated by Don Walker. Musical Director: Milton Greene. Vocal arrangements by Milton Greene. Dance arrangements by Betty Walberg. Choreographed by Jerome Robbins
. Scenic Design by Boris Aronson. Assistant to Mr. Aronson: Lisa Jalowetz. Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt. Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal. Hair Design by D. Rusty Bonaccorso. Directed by Jerome Robbins
. Imperial Theatre (from 22 Sep 1964- 25 Feb 1967, then moved to The Majestic Theatre 27 Feb 1967- 14 Dec 1970, then moved to The Broadway
Theatre from 16 Dec 1970- close): 22 Sep 1964- 2 Jul 1972 (3242 performances + 7 previews that began on 17 Sep 1964). Cast: Zero Mostel
(as "Tevye, the Dairyman"), Bea Arthur
(as "Yente, the Matchmaker"), Bert Convy
(as "Perchik, the Student"), Tanya Everett (as "Chava, Tevye's daughter") [Broadway debut
], Michael Granger (as "Lazar Wolf, the Butcher"), Maria Karnilova (as "Golde"), Joanna Merlin (as "Tzeitel, Tevye's daughter"), Julia Migenes (as "Hodel, Tevye's daughter"), Austin Pendleton
(as "Motel, the Tailor"), Joe Ponazecki (as "Fyedka, A Russian"), Joseph Sullivan (as "Constable"), Tom Abbott (as "Vladimir, A Russian"), John C. Attle (as "Shloime, the Bagel Man"), Sue Babel (as "Grandma Tzeitel"), Sammy Bayes (as "Yitzuk, the Streetsweeper"), Robert Berdeen (as "Sasha, A Russian"), Lorenzo Bianco (as "Chaim, the Fishmonger"), Duane Bodin (as "Duvidel, the Seltzer Man/Grandma Tzeitel"), Gino Conforti (as "The Fiddler"), Robert Currie (as "Villager"), Maurice Edwards (as "Nachum, the Beggar"), Tanya Everett (as "Chava, Tevye's daughter"), Sarah Felcher (as "Surcha"), Leonard Frey (as "Mendel, the Rabbi's son"), Anthony Gardell
(as "Label"), Louis Genevrino (as "Hershel"), Ross Gifford (as "Yankel, the Grocer"), Dan Jasin (as "Schmeril"), Sandra Kazan (as "Villager"), Thom Koutsoukos (as "Yakov, the Knifeseller"), Sharon Lerit (as "Villager"), Paul Lipson (as "Avram, The Bookseller"), Sylvia Mann (as "Mirala, A Villager"), Julia Migenes (as "Hodel, Tevye's daughter"), Peff Modelski (as "Sima"), Irene Paris (as "Rivka, A Villager"), Marilyn Rogers (as "Shprintze, Tevye's daughter"), Linda Ross (as "Bielke, Tevye's daughter"), Charles Rule (as "Moishe, the Cobbler"), Gluck Sandor (as "Rabbi"), Carol Sawyer (as "Fruma-Sarah"), Zvee Scooler (as "Mordcha, the Inkeeper"), Roberta Senn (as "Anya, A Villager"), Mitch Thomas (as "Yussel, the Hatmaker"), Helen Verbit. Replacement actors: Luther Adler
(as "Yevye") [During Zero Mostel's vacation from 18 Jan 1965- 30 Jan 1965], Adrienne Barbeau
(as "Hodel"), Herschel Bernardi
(as "Tevye") [from 8 Nov 1965- ?], Peter De Nicola (as "Baker"), Mitchell Jason
(as "Avram, The Bookseller") [during Majestic Theatre run], Paul Lipson (as "Lazar Wolf, Tevye"), Bette Midler
(as "Rivka") [Broadway debut
], Mimi Randolph (as "Golde"), Marc Scott (as "The Fiddler"), Lesie Silvia (as "Bielke/Shprintze"), Pia Zadora
(as "Bielke"). Produced by Harold Prince
Album: 'Songs My Mother Never Sang' (1966; VANGUARD RECORDS. ASIN: B001EBYC5S). NOVELTY/COMEDY LP FEATURING THE LEGENDARY ZERO MOSTEL PERFORMING THE MUSIC OF HARRY RUBY WITH SOL KAPLAN CONDUCTING & ARRANGING THE ORCHESTRA & CHORUS. Selections: I WAS AN INCUBATOR BABY, A TULIP TOLD A TALE, SHOW ME A ROSE, MY DREAM OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, FATHER'S DAY (WITH LOIS WINTER & LILLIAN CLARK), HOLD ME THUSLY, FIGHT ON FOR TANNENBAUM, MY LOVE IS WAITING, GOD BLESS EVERYTHING IN THE USA, 3 LITTLE FISHES, THERE'S A GIRL IN THE HEART OF WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA, HE'S NOT AN ARISTOCRAT.
(1963) He acted in Stephen Sondheim's musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway
in New York City with Raymond Walburn and John Carradine in the cast.
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