Doctor Zhivago (musical)

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Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical
Playbill from the original Broadway production of Doctor Zhivago.jpg
Playbill from the Original Broadway Production
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
2012 Charlotte Theatre, Seoul
2015 Broadway
2018 Charlotte Theatre, Seoul

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 2012 Seoul original production directed by Des McAnuff,[7] premiered at the Charlotte Theatre, Seoul, in 2012. The cast included Cho Seung-woo and Hong Kwang-ho as Yurii Zhivago, Jeon Mido and Kim Jiwoo as Lara Guisher, Choi Hyunjoo as Tonia, Kang Pilsuk as Pasha. It began previews on January 25, 2012, opened on January 27, 2012, and closed on June 3, 2012.

In August 2014 Doctor Zhivago had its Scandinavian premier at Malmö Opera.[8] Sanna Nielsen starred as Lara, Christopher Wollter as Zhivago and Phillip Jalmelid as Pasha. It ran from August 29 to January 31. The show was performed in Swedish.

A 2015 Broadway production, again directed by Des McAnuff,[9] starred Tam Mutu as Yurii Zhivago and Kelli Barrett as Lara Guisher.[10] It began previews at the Broadway Theatre on March 27, 2015, opened on April 21, 2015, and closed on May 10, 2015, due to low ticket sales and a lack of Tony Award nominations. It had played a total of 26 previews and 23 performances.[11][12]

Original Cast recording was recently mixed at Audio Paint Studios in New York City between June 4th and July 12th.

Roles and original cast[edit]

The cast for the Australian premiere of Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney:[13]

Character Original Sydney cast (2011) Original Seoul cast (2012) Original Broadway cast (2015) Seoul cast (2018)[14]
Yurii Zhivago Anthony Warlow Cho Seung-woo/Hong Kwang-ho Tam Mutu Ryu Jung-han/Park Eun-tae
Lara Guisher Lucy Maunder Jeon Mido/Kim Ji-woo Kelli Barrett Jeon Mido/Jo Jung-eun
Viktor Komarovsky Bartholomew John Seo Youngju Tom Hewitt Seo Youngju/Choi Min-chul
Pasha Antipov Martin Crewes Kang Pilsuk Paul Nolan Kang Pilsuk
Tonia Gromeko Taneel Van Zyl Choi Hyunjoo Lora Lee Gayer Lee Jung-hwa
Alexander Gromeko Peter Carroll Kim Bonghwan Jamie Jackson Kim Bonghwan
Anna Gromeko Trisha Noble Im Sunae Jacqueline Antaramian Lee Kyung-mi
Young Yurii/Sasha Jamie Ward Jonah Halperin
Young Yurii Shin Joo-ah/Lee Joo-ho
Young Lara/Katarina Stephanie Silcock Sophia Gennusa
Young Lara Jeong Ye-Gyo/Lee Jae-eun
Young Tonia Ava-Riley Miles Heo Seo-jin/Park Se-ah
Sasha Lee Si-mok/Choi Joon-hee

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:[15]

  • "Now"
  • "On the Edge of Time"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Australian production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2011 Helpmann Awards[16][17] 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[18] Design Nick Eltis (Technical Director) Nominated
Michael Scott-Mitchell (Set) Nominated
Sydney Theatre Awards[19] 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[20] Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Paul Alexander Nolan Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Tam Mutu Nominated


  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". Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. 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 - Michael Korie". 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  9. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Dr. Zhivago Musical Prepares for April Broadway Opening", September 25, 2014
  10. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "U.K. Musical Star Will Make Broadway Debut as Dr. Zhivago", December 1, 2014
  11. ^ Paulson, Michael. " 'Dr. Zhivago' Will Close on Sunday" The New York Times, May 4, 2015(subscription required)
  12. ^ Hetrick, Adam and Gioia, Michael. "With No Tony Nominations, 'Doctor Zhivago' Is Next To Post Closing Notice", May 4, 2015
  13. ^ "Doctor Zhivago cast announced". Australian Stage. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Doctor Zhivago Opening Night Cast on Broadway". Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  15. ^ Simon Parris (7 June 2011). "No Recording for Zhivago". Theatre People. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Helpmann Award Nominees 2011". Helpmann Awards. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Helpmann Awards (2011)". Live Performance Australia. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "2011 Green Room Award Nominations". Australian Stage. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "2011 Sydney Theatre Awards nominations announced". Australian Stage. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Something Rotten! & On the Twentieth Century Top List of 2015 Outer Critics Circle Nominations". Retrieved 22 April 2015. 

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