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Doctor Zhivago sets B'way dates and announces creatives

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Producers of the new musical adaptation of Doctor Zhivago have now announced Broadway dates, as well as its creative team.

The musical will begin previews at the Broadway Theatre on 27 March 2015, before officially opening on 21 April 2015. It will initially be booking through to 6 March 2016.

The creative team behind Doctor Zhivago features choreography by Kelly Devine, scenic design by Michael Scott-Mitchell, costumes by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell, lighting by Tony winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony winner Steve Canyon Kennedy, projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis, orchestrations by Danny Troob, music arrangements by Eric Stern and musical supervision by Ron Melrose.

This new musical adaptation of the story is directed by Des McAnuff and features a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. It first premiered as 'Zhivago' at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in 2006. A heavily revised version under the title 'Doctor Zhivago - A New Musical' opened at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia in 2011 under under the direction of Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. The cast included Anthony Warlow as Yuri Zhivago, Lucy Maunder as Lara, Taneel Van Zyl as Tonia and Martin Crewes as Pasha.

Casting for the Broadway production will be announced in the coming months.

Doctor Zhivago is based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, and centers around "the life of Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet, during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and World War II." The story is perhaps best known from its acclaimed 1965 film version, which famously starred Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.

Doctor Zhivago is produced on Broadway by Anita Waxman, Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Ted Hartley/RKO Stage and Chunsoo Shin, with Joe Corcoran, J. Todd Harris, The Pelican Group, John Frost, and Junkyard Dog Productions.

- by Tom Millward

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