J. Todd Harris, President of Branded Pictures Entertainment, named as producer on 'Doctor Zhivago' a
2:46 PM PST 10/01/2014 by Ashley Lee
Good musicals are made in heaven … or some such place.
￼Doctor Zhivago is heading to Broadway this spring.
The new Broadway musical — based on Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic, which also became a beloved 1965 David Lean film — will begin previews on March 27 before an April 21 opening at the Broadway Theatre.
The Russian romance centering on five intertwined lovers is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), with a book by Oscar nominee Michael Weller (Ragtime), music by Grammy winner and Tony nominee Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), lyrics by Tony nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Emmy nominee Amy Powers (Ella Enchanted), and choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky).
The show will be produced on Broadway by Anita Waxman, Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Ted Hartley/RKO Stage and Chunsoo Shin, with Joe Corcoran, J. Todd Harris, The Pelican Group and John Frost. Junkyard Dog Productions is executive producer.
"Doctor Zhivago has a profound and exquisite intimacy," said director McAnuff in a statement. "The story is about five people — three men in love with one woman and two women in love with one man. While they are so close to us that we can reach out and touch them, they also live out their lives over a vast stretch of Russian history from the streets of Moscow to the icy slopes of the Ural Mountains."