Dr Zhivago the Musical – Coming to Australia. All the info I can find – updated

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Lucy Maunder and Anthony Warlow

So recently announced, completely out of the blue, are auditions for a new musical based on the Boris Pasternak novel Dr Zhivago.

Thought I would add some new information:

The cast has been announced and it is as follows:

Anthony Warlow – Yurii Zhivago,
Lucy Maunder – Lara,
Taneel Van Zyl – Tonia,
Martin Crewes – Pasha,
Peter Carroll – Alexander,
Bartholomew John – Komarovsky,
and Trisha Noble – Anna,

ensemble:
Johanna Allen, Gavin D Andrew, Anton Berezin, Caitlin Berry, Tony Cogin, Mischana Dellora-Cornish, Tony Farrell, Todd Goddard, Natalie Gamsu, Frank Hansen, Scott Hili, Glenn Hill, Luke Joslin, Todd Keys, Elise McCann, Kathleen Moore, Shaun Murphy, Chris Scalzo, Stephanie Silcock, Annie Stanford, Belinda Wollaston and Jamie Ward.

It open on Feb 11th 2011 at the Lyric in Sydney and booking can be made at ticketmaster

Not being able to find out much about it, and with the Dr Zhivago website down at the moment I thought I would compile as much information as I could find.

What we know:

The production is scheduled for 2011, produced by John Frost and Anita Waxman and is to star Anthony Warlow.

Auditions are scheduled were held:

  • Sydney 18-22 May 2010
  • Melbourne 24-28 May 2010

Production:

Rehearsals: Sydney 23 December 2010

Previews: Sydney 11 February 2011

Opens: Sydney 19 February 2011

Creative Team:

Composer:

  • Lucy Simon – (The Secret Garden)

Lyricists:

  • Michael Korie – (Grey Gardens)
  • Amy Powers – (Sunset Boulevard)

Book:

  • Michael Weller – ( Screenwriter for Hair and Ragtime)

Synopsis –  Directly from “http://www.thegordonfrostorganisation.com/home.html”

Boris Paternak’s epic love story, set against the Russian Revolution, comes to life as a new musical directed by Tony® Award winner Des McAnuff.

Dr Zhivago tells the story of Yuri Zhivago, a man torn between his love for two women, his wife Tonya and Lara the love of his life, while caught in the tumultuous course of early twentieth century Russian history.

“Having a chance to enter the world of Doctor Zhivago with my esteemed collaborators to bring a great love story and a turbulent period in Russian history to life is a rare opportunity. We can go full-out and make Pasternak’s sweeping romances – that of Lara and Zhivago and their beloved country – musically and theatrically soar.” Des McAnuff, Director

Links to articles and Reviews:

Review of the 2006 production – La Jolla Playhouse, California.

Second review of the 2006 production – La Jolla Playhouse, California. – by Anne Marie Welsh

Playbill review of the same production.

Will post more information as I find it.

Please feel free to comment or email me if you have anything to add.