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Doctor Zhivago

A sweeping Broadway musical adaptation of the classic Nobel Prize-winning novel about love in the final days of Czarist Russia.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama, Adaptations (Literature)
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s / WWI
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set / Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Gun Shots, Alcohol, Strong Language

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Professional Theatre
Doctor Zhivago is a heartbreaking epic romance set during the final days of Czarist Russia. Raised as an aristocrat, Zhivago is a political idealist, physician and poet whose life is tossed by the tides of history as he is town between a life with his close childhood friend and wife, and the passionate and mysterious Lara. Zhivago, however, is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, and must compete with both revolutionaries and aristocracy alike to win the heart of the woman he cannot live without.

This licensed version of Doctor Zhivago is largely based upon the 2015 Broadway production, with some structural changes based upon the Sydney production from 2011. A new song, "Home Where the Lilacs Grow," has been inserted into Act 1. 


"Unlike any other contemporary musical currently playing."

 Australian Stage

"The dramatic heft and technical fluency of this quasi-operatic filleting of Boris Pasternak's novel makes for engrossing entertainment."

 Sydney Morning Herald

"A highly polished production. It is unlike any other contemporary musical currently playing. Containing no irony or black humour, it is simply about love and idealism."

 Australian Stage

Premiere Production:

Doctor Zhivago premiered on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre on April 21, 2015. A 2011 touring production premiered in Australia as Doctor Zhivago – A New Musical at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney.

  • Casting: 5M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Ensemble cast, Flexible casting, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • YURII ZHIVAGO – A doctor and poet
    LARA GUISHAR – Yurii's inspiration
    PASHA ANTIPOV/STRELNIKOV – A revolutionary
    TONIA GROMEKO – Yurii's wife
    ALEXANDER GROMEKO – Tonia's father
    ANNA GROMEKO – Tonia's mother
    SASHA – Yurii and Tonia's son
    With role-doubling and tripling, a flexible number of actors cover the roles of Priest, Muscovites, Young Yurii, Young Tonia, Young Lara, Mrs. Guishar, Wedding Guests, Nikolai Nikolayovich, Markel, Kornakov, Students, Tusia, Ilya, Mischa, Cossacks, Gints, Liberius, Yanko, Soldiers, Nurses, Olya, Shulygin, Festisova, Writer’s Committee, Quartermaster, Yelenka, Women Field Workers, Partisans, Kubarikha, Refugees, Bureaucrats and Mourners