Broadway Stars Ready Musical Zhivago for World Premiere in La Jolla

News   Broadway Stars Ready Musical Zhivago for World Premiere in La Jolla Ivan Hernandez, Jessica Burrows, Rena Strober, Tom Hewitt and Jason Danieley will star in the upcoming La Jolla Playhouse world premiere staging of Zhivago, the musical adaptation of the Russian-set love story.

La Jolla artistic director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, 700 Sundays) stages the work which will run May 9-June 25 at the California company's Mandell Weiss Theatre. Seen last season in a Page To Stage developmental workshop, it now graduates to full production which opens May 25.

Based on the famous 1958 Nobel Prize-winning novel by Russian author Boris Pasternak, Zhivago is set against the backdrop of the snowy country before and after the Russian Revolution. The work follows the story of a surgeon-poet and his muse Lara. It was adapted for the 1965 film starring Omar Shariff as the title character and Julie Christie as his muse.

The new work combines the talents of bookwriter Michael Weller (Moonchildren, Loose Ends), composer Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden) and lyricists Michael Korie (Doll - Ravinia Festival) and Amy Powers (Lizzie Borden). Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) handles choreography while Eric Stern (Once Upon a Mattress) is music director. Kelly Devine serves as associate choreographer.

Hernandez (The Most Happy Fella, The Mambo Kings) stars as the title character of Zhivago opposite Hewitt (Dracula, The Rocky Horror Show), Danieley (The Full Monty, Candide) with original cast members Strober (Les Miserables, My Life with Albertine) as his wife Tonya and Burrows (The Ten Commandments, La Boheme) as his love Lara.

Also featured in the cast are Dominic Bogart, Sandy Campbell, Edward Conery, Ryan Drummond, Mark Emerson, David C. Foster, Jason Heil, Melissa Hoff, Mackenzie Holmes, Christopher Kale Jones, Rebecca Kaasa, Melina Kalomas, David McDonald, Spencer Moses, Eduardo Placer, Graham Rowat, Maureen Silliman, Tina Stafford, Nick Ullett, Bibi Valderrama, and Melissa Van Der Schyff. The design team features Heidi Ettinger (scenic), David Woolard (costume), Howell Binkley (lighting) and Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound). Steve Rankin handles fight choreography, Ursula Meyer is the dialect coach and Allison Horsley provides dramaturgy.

Singles tickets to Zhivago at La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla, CA will go on sale April 2 at the box office or by phone at (858) 550-1010. more information, visit www.lajollaplayhouse.com.

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