The Zulu and the Zayda: Musical Info & Synopsis


The Zulu and the Zayda is set in South Africa during the 1960s, centering around a “Zayda”, a Jewish grandfather, and his family who hires a young Zulu housekeeper. Despite their cultural differences, they bond as they navigate their daily lives in Johannesburg. As they face challenges and prejudice from their communities, the musical explores themes of friendship, tolerance, and the power of connection across divides.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Cast Size: 21

Genre: Dramedy

Setting: 1960s / South Africa

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome

Book: Howard Da Silva, Felix Leon

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1965)➝


1960s, Obscure

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