Doctor Zhivago (musical)

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Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical
Music Lucy Simon
Lyrics Michael Korie and Amy Powers
Basis Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak of the same name
Productions 2011 Lyric Theatre, Sydney

Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical is a 2011 musical composed by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, book by Michael Weller; it is based on Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago.

Production[edit]

It originally premiered as Zhivago at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2006 where Ivan Hernandez played the title role.[1] It was revised and premiered as Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney on 19 February 2011 with Anthony Warlow as Yuri Zhivago, Lucy Maunder as Lara, Taneel Van Zyl as Tonia and Martin Crewes as Pasha. The production was directed by Des McAnuff. The show received glowing reviews.[2][3] Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical ran from 19 February until 3 April 2011 in Sydney[4] before travelling to Melbourne in April until 29 May.[5] From there it was set down for a limited run in Brisbane from 6 July to 31 July[6] but the musical proved so popular with Brisbane audiences, the Queensland season was extended a further two weeks, with the final performance held on 14 August.

Composer Lucy Simon has stated she always had Anthony Warlow in mind for the role of Yuri, after seeing him as Archibald Craven in the 1995 Australian production of her first musical, The Secret Garden.[7]

Roles and original cast[edit]

The cast for the Australian premiere of Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney:[8]

Musical numbers[edit]

Recordings[edit]

An Australian cast album was planned but not released in 2011, however two songs by Maunder and Warlow eventuated and are now able to be viewed on YouTube:[9]

  • "Now"
  • "On the Edge of Time"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Role Result
2011[10] Helpmann Awards Best Musical John Frost, Anita Waxman/Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Power Arts, Chun-Soo Shin, Corcoran Productions Nominated
2011[10] Helpmann Awards Best Direction of a Musical Des McAnuff Nominated
2011[10] Helpmann Awards Best Choreography in a Musical Kelly Devine Nominated
2011[10] Helpmann Awards Best Male Actor in a Musical Anthony Warlow Yuri Zhivago Nominated
2011[11] Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Musical Lucy Maunder Lara Nominated
2011[10] Helpmann Awards Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Martin Crewes Pasha Nominated
2011[10] Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Taneel Van Zyl Tonia Nominated
2011[12] Green Room Awards Design Nick Eltis Nominated
2011[13] Sydney Theatre Awards Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical Lucy Maunder Lara Nominated
2011[14] Sydney Theatre Awards Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical Martin Crewes Pasha Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Jolla Playhouse premieres stirring, haunting Zhivago" by Charlene Baldridge, San Diego Community Newspaper
  2. ^ "Dr Zhivago" by Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald (21 February 2011)
  3. ^ "Review of Dr Zhivago – a new musical at Sydney's Lric Theatre" by Alex Lalak, The Daily Telegraph (22 February 2011)
  4. ^ David Kary (22 February 2011). "Dr Zhivago A New Musical". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Jo Litson (2 May 2011). "Dr Zhivago: the great Australian musical". Limelight. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Musical Doctor Zhivago opens in Brisbane". The Courier-Mail. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Doctor Zhivago – The Show
  8. ^ "Doctor Zhivago cast announced". Australian Stage. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Simon Parris (7 June 2011). "No Recording for Zhivago". Theatre People. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Helpmann Award Nominees 2011". Helpmann Awards. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Helpmann Awards (2011)". Live Performance Australia. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "2011 Green Room Award Nominations". Australian Stage. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "2011 Sydney Theatre Awards nominations announced". Australian Stage. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Ian Nisbet (17 January 2012). "2011 Sydney Theatre Awards Announced". Theatre People. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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