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

2011 Lyric Theatre, Sydney

2015 Broadway

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.


The show originally premiered as Zhivago in 2006 at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, with Ivan Hernandez in the title role as Yurii Zhivago.[1]

A 2011 Australian touring production directed by Des McAnuff premiered as Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, in 2011. The Sydney cast included Anthony Warlow as Yurii Zhivago, Lucy Maunder as Lara, Taneel Van Zyl as Tonia and Martin Crewes as Pasha. The show received glowing reviews.[2][3] The production ran from February 19 through April 3, 2011,[4] before travelling to Melbourne where it ran there from April through May 29, 2011.[5] Following Melbourne, a limited run was originally set at Brisbane from July 6 through July 31, but was extended a further two weeks, through August 14, 2011.[6]

A 2015 Broadway production, with Des McAnuff once again directing,[7] stars Tam Mutu as Yurii Zhivago and Kelli Barrett as Lara Guisher.[8] The musical began previews March 27, 2015 with an opening date of April 21, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre.[9]

Roles and original cast[edit]

The cast for the Australian premiere of Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney:[10]

Musical numbers[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:[11]

  • "Now"
  • "On the Edge of Time"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Australian production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2011 Helpmann Awards[12][13] Best Musical John Frost, Anita Waxman/Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Power Arts, Chun-Soo Shin, Corcoran Productions Nominated
Best Direction of a Musical Des McAnuff Nominated
Best Choreography in a Musical Kelly Divine Nominated
Best Male Actor in a Musical Anthony Warlow Nominated
Best Female Actor in a Musical Lucy Maunder Nominated
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Martin Crewes Nominated
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Taneel Van Zyl Nominated
Green Room Awards[14] Design Nick Eltis (Technical Director) Nominated
Michael Scott-Mitchell (Set) Nominated
Sydney Theatre Awards[15] Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical Lucy Maunder Nominated
Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical Martin Crewes Won

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2015 Outer Critics Circle Awards[16] Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Paul Alexander Nolan Pending


  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. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Dr. Zhivago Musical Prepares for April Broadway Opening", September 25, 2014
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "U.K. Musical Star Will Make Broadway Debut as Dr. Zhivago", December 1, 2014
  9. ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'Doctor Zhivago'Brings Russian Romance to Broadway Tonight", March 27, 2015
  10. ^ "Doctor Zhivago cast announced". Australian Stage. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Simon Parris (7 June 2011). "No Recording for Zhivago". Theatre People. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Helpmann Award Nominees 2011". Helpmann Awards. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Helpmann Awards (2011)". Live Performance Australia. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "2011 Green Room Award Nominations". Australian Stage. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "2011 Sydney Theatre Awards nominations announced". Australian Stage. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Something Rotten! & On the Twentieth Century Top List of 2015 Outer Critics Circle Nominations". Retrieved 22 April 2015.