Dr. Zhivago Musical Prepares for April Broadway Opening

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The stage musical adaptation of Dr. Zhivago, based on the 1958 Nobel Prize-winning novel by Russian author Boris Pasternak, is aiming for an April 2015 Broadway opening, according to an Equity casting notice.
Des McAnuff
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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.

The stage production 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. Dr. Zhivago will have musical direction by Ron Melrose.

Anita Waxman, of Alexis Productions, Latitude Link and Junkyard Dog Productions will produce the Broadway run.

According to producers, "Boris Pasternak's epic novel of love and passion, set against the turmoil of the Russian Revolution, is a celebrated modern classic, and David Lean's film transformation was one of the great Hollywood epics. Now, the sweeping story of surgeon-poet Yurii Zhivago and Lara, the love of his life will continue its journey to the stage as a musical. The lush and soaring musical score captures the essence of forbidden romance in the time of revolution."

Anthony Warlow starred in the Australian premiere. View a performance of the song "Now" from Dr. Zhivago below.

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