The musical, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO,
is based on the famous novel
by Boris Pasternak.
In 1965 the story hit the big screen as an epic, drama romance by David Lean and created a star of Omar Sharif in the title role. The film remained popular for decades, and as of 2010 was the eighth highest grossing film of all time.
This year, Australia will host the Premiere of a new musical
starring Anthony Warlow and Lucy Maunder.
"After the famous film version what remains exciting about this iconic novel is its personal story of love, loss and dreams. The stage intensifies the personality of this story with the musical focusing on the people at its centre." John Frost said.
One of the most breathtaking love stories ever told, this powerful and moving musical will be directed by Broadway's Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Big River), with music by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, and book by Michael Weller.
In the early 90's composer Lucy Simon was in Australia attending rehearsals for her hit musical, also a famous novel, The Secret Garden. She said to Producer John Frost, as she watched Anthony Warlow engagingly portray the tortured Archie, "There is my Zhivago."
"Anthony, commands a stage, a rare leading man – he gets behind the character and with that unique voice enriches the story being told. I knew in my heart that this was the man to tell my love story," Lucy Simon said.