The Russian romance of Doctor Zhivago is officially coming to Broadway with performances beginning in spring 2015. The Des McAnuff-directed production of the musical, which is based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, will occupy the Broadway Theatre with previews beginning March 27, 2015. It will open April 21, 2015.
McAnuff, who directed Jersey Boys, first helmed the show when it premiered at 2006 La Jolla Playhouse. It was later tinkered with and staged in 2011 in Sydney also under McAnuff. “The creators of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ the musical, have apparently learned much from their 2006 run at La Jolla Playhouse, where audiences reportedly felt history dwarfed the central story,” Variety‘s review said at the time. “This new version makes love, not war, the central theme, and to moving effect.”
The musical features a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon, and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. The Broadway Theatre is currently home to Cinderella, which closes in January.