U.K. Musical Star Will Make Broadway Debut as Doctor Zhivago

News   U.K. Musical Star Will Make Broadway Debut as Doctor Zhivago Tam Mutu, the West End leading man known for his roles in Les Misérables, Love Never Dies and the upcoming Donmar Warehouse production of City of Angels, will make his Broadway debut in the title role of the new musical Doctor Zhivago, producers announced Dec. 1. He will be joined by Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt and Paul Nolan.

Tam Mutu
Tam Mutu

Mutu, who had been announced in 2012 to make his Broadway debut starring in the troubled musical Rebecca, will star as Yurii Zhivago in a cast that also features Barrett (Wicked, Rock of Ages) as Lara Guishar, Tony Award nominee Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show, Dracula) as Viktor Komarovsky and Nolan (OnceJesus Christ Superstar) as Pasha Antipov.

Based on the 1958 Nobel Prize-winning novel by Russian author Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago will begin previews March 27, 2015, at the Broadway Theatre. An official Broadway opening has been set for April 21.

The musical premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in May 2006 and was later revised for an Australian production produced by John Frost in 2010. Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, who helmed the American and Australian productions, will also direct for Broadway.

Additional casting will be announced.

The stage production of Doctor Zhivago features the work of bookwriter Michael Weller (Moonchildren, Loose Ends), composer Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden) and lyricists Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Amy Powers (Lizzie Borden). Kelly Devine (Rocky, Rock of Ages) will choreograph.

Doctor Zhivago will have scenic design by Michael Scott-Mitchell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Sean Nieuwenhuis, with music arrangements by Eric Stern and musical supervision by Ron Melrose. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob.

Anita Waxman, Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Ted Hartley/RKO Stage and Chunsoo Shin, with Margo and Roger Coleman, Joe Corcoran, J. Todd Harris, Stage Entertainment USA, Inc., Broadway Across America, Grove Entertainment, The Pelican Group and John Frost produce the Broadway run. Junkyard Dog Productions is the executive producer.

According to producers, "Doctor Zhivago is an epic romance set during the final days of Czarist Russia, the First World War and the chaos of the Russian revolution. Raised as an aristocrat, Zhivago is a political idealist, physician and poet whose life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar. Zhivago is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, competing for her affections with the young revolutionary Pasha Antipov, and the aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky. Dr. Zhivago celebrates the strength of love and art, in the face of political oppression, war and revolution.."

Tickets are now on sale via Telecharge.com, or by phoning (212) 239-6200. Visit doctorzhivagobroadway.com.

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