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.
The production stars Anthony Warlow and Lucy Maunder, who delivered a special performance of the song "On The Edge of Time" at the Sydney Lord Mayor's New Year's Eve celebration.
Here are some early rehearsal shots and look at the New Year's gala concert:
Dr. Zhivago Is in Rehearsal Down Under; Anthony Warlow and Lucy Maunder Sing at New Year's Gala
Performances will begin Feb. 11 at the Lyric Theatre, Star City, in Sydney. The production will then begin a Melbourne run April 9 at Her Majesty's Theatre.
The creative team includes director McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Tommy), composer Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), lyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Amy Powers (Lizzie Borden) and librettist Michael Weller (Moonchildren, Loose Ends). The work was seen in 2006 at La Jolla Playhouse in California.
For more information, visit drzhivago.com.au.