Doctor Zhivago Will Close on Broadway

Dr-Zhivago-MusicalThe Revolution Is Over. The casualties of the Tony Award nominations continue to roll in and it seems to be causing the end of the Russian Revolution. The brand new Broadway musical, Doctor Zhivago, will shutter marking the first musical post nominations to close. As the 2015-16 season comes to a close, the Broadway community may sadly begin to see several shows shutter as they haven’t been received as well as producers and creatives hoped. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the sad news that Doctor Zhivago will shutter on Broadway this week!

Doctor Zhivago is a musical that features music by Lucy Simons and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. Michael Weller provides the book. The musical tells the story of Russia in the final days with a Czar. As the First World War looms and Russian breaks into a revolution, aristocrat Zhivago finds himself in danger as he captures the Russian public through his incredible words. However, his world is turned upside down as he falls for the mysterious Lara Guishar. However, revolutionary Pasha Antipov and the aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky are already also competing for her love. The musical shows the power of love and it’s strength in the face of war, revolution and oppression.

zhivprod10_444_363Producers of the new musical, Doctor Zhivago announced the show would shutter on Broadway this Sunday, May 10th, 2015. The announcement comes less than a week after the 2015 Tony Awards for which Zhivago received no nominations. Zhivago is the second production to post a closing notice following the Tony nominations and the first musical to do so. The show began previews on March 27th, 2015 before officially opening on April 21st on Broadway. At the time of its closing, it will have played 26 previews and 23 performances.

zhivprod08_444_355The cast of Doctor Zhivago is led by West End star Tam Mutu, making his Broadway debut, starring in the title role of Yurii Zhivago. Leading alongside Mutu is Kelli Barrett as Lara Guishar, Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt as Viktor Komarovsky, Paul Nolan as Pasha Antipov and Josh Canfield as Liberius. The ensemble includes Lora Lee Gayer, Jacqueline Antaramian, Jamie Jackson, Heather Botts, Wendi Bergamini, Melody Butiu, Julian Cihi, Briana Carlson-Goodman,Bradley Dean, Michael Brian Dunn, Drew Foster, Kira Guloien, Robert Hager, Ericka Hunter, Denis Lambert, David McDonald, Joseph Medeiros, Pilar Millhollen, Gary Milner, Spencer Moses, Julius Sermonia, Jacob L. Smith and Jesse Wildman.

Tony Award winner Des McAnuff helms Zhivago as director of the production with Kelly Devine serving as choreographer. The rest of the creative team include Michael Scott-Mitchell as scenic designer, Paul Tazewell as costume designer, Howell Binkley as lighting designer and Steve Canyon Kennedy as sound designer. Sean Nieuwenhuis is projection designer. The production features music arrangements by Eric Stern while Ron Melrose serves as the production’s musical supervision. Danny Troob provides orchestrations.

zhivprod07_444_345While Doctor Zhivago did not receive any Tony Award nominations, two of its stars received nods for this performances. Tam Mutu was nominated for a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance and Paul Nolan (Pictured Left) received an Outer Critics Circle nod for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

In a statement to the press, producer Anita Waxman said:

“We are all incredibly proud of this emotional and important work our amazing creative team has put together. There has been extraordinary dedication and inspiring work from the cast and entire Doctor Zhivago team, both onstage and off. We look forward to this soaring and beautiful new musical having a long future with productions playing not only North America, but also around the world.”

zhivprod03_444_359I was lucky enough to see Doctor Zhivago while in New York just over a week ago! I cannot speak highly enough about the cast, the talent they all have and the performances they are giving. It is truly an exceptional group of leading players that I am definitely bummed to see depart from Broadway. Kelli Barrett is an exceptional performer. Tam should be doing more leading man work here on Broadway and Paul Nolan could make concrete melt with his powerful voice. One of my favorite moments/lines from the production was “Everything fills us with life if we let it”. On another note, I am already wondering what show will line up to take over the Broadway Theatre once Zhivago has departed. The highly anticipated revival of Fiddler on the Roof is still searching for a Broadway home and could take over the space this fall. Also, The First Wives Club, which premiered earlier this season in Chicago, is hoping for a Broadway bow during the 2015-16 season. However, the Broadway Theatre itself may prove too large for that production’s desires. Only time will tell!

This is your final week to experience Russia like never before in the new Broadway musical, Doctor Zhivago! The show officially shutters on Sunday, May 10th, at the Broadway Theatre on Broadway between 52nd and 53rd street. While Russia will disappear from Broadway, it could see appear again if the regional premiere of Anastasia goes over well for Hartford Stage. We could see Kelli Barrett, currently in Zhivago, return with that as well. For more information, visit Doctor Zhivago’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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