Doctor Zhivago


Doctor Zhivago

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  3f, 5m

Book by Michael Weller
Lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak

Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. and Turner Entertainment Co.
Orchestrations by Daniel Troob
Music Arrangements by Eric Stern

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

Image: 2015 Broadway Production (Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 5m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
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Doctor Zhivago


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 torn 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.
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.
Performing Groups

(3f, 5m)

Yurii Zhivago – a doctor and poet
Lara Guishar
– Yurii's inspiration
Viktor Komarovsky
– a lawyer
Pasha Antipov/Strelnikov
– a revolutionary
Tonia Gromeko
– Yurii's wife
Alexander Gromeko
– Tonia's father
Anna Gromeko
– Tonia's mother
– 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

  • Time Period 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI
  • Setting Russia before, during, and after the Russian Revolution.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Stage Combat
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Gun Shots
    • Strong Language


“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


  • "Now" from Doctor Zhivago on Broadway

  • Zhivago Sydney Rehearsal

  • Doctor Zhivago on Broadway


  • Doctor Zhivago

    Image: 2015 Broadway Production (Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade)

  • Doctor Zhivago

    Image: 2015 Broadway Production (Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade)


Music Samples

Act I

1. “Two Worlds” – All
2. “Komarovsky’s Toast” – Komarovsky, Tonia, Alexander, Anna, Guests
3. “Waltz” – Instrumental
4. “Who Is She?” – Yurii
5. “It’s a Godsend” – Pasha and Students
6. “When the Music Played” – Lara
7. “Who Is She?” (Reprise) – Yurii
8. “Watch the Moon” – Yurii and Tonia
9. “Forward March” – Gints, Pasha, Liberius, Yanko, Soldiers
10. “Home Where the Lilacs Grow – Nurses
11. “Now” – Yurii and Lara
12. “Forward March” (Reprise) – Gints
13. “Blood on the Snow – Pasha, Soldiers and Nurses
14. “The Perfect World” – All
15. “Komarovsky’s Lament” – Komarovsky
16. “Yurii’s Decision” – Yurii
17. “In this House” – Sasha, Alexander, Tonia, Yurii and All

Act II

18. “Women and Little Children/He’s There” – Lara and Women
19. “No Mercy at All” – Strelnikov
20. “In This House” (Reprise) – Alexander
21.“Love Finds You” – Yurii, Lara, Komarovsky Strelnikov and Tonia
22. “Nowhere to Hide – Liberius and Partisans
23. “It Comes as No Surprise” – Tonia and Lara
24. “Ashes and Tears” – Yurii, Liberius and Partisans
25. “Watch the Moon” (Reprise) – Tonia
26. “On the Edge of Time – Lara and Yurii
27. “Now” (Reprise) – Yurii
28. “Blood on the Snow” (Reprise) – Bureaucrats
29. Finale: “On the Edge of Time” (Reprise) – Katarina, Lara and All

Reed 1 (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute)
Reed 2 (Oboe, English Horn)
Reed 3 (Clarinet in Bb, Clarinet in A, Bass Clarinet)
Trumpet (dbl. Cornet, Flugelhorn)
Trombone (dbl. Bass Trombone, Tuba,
Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2
Percussion (Timpani, Tam-Tam, Mark Tree, Glockenspiel, Bell Tree, Tubular Bell, Tambourine, Xylophone, Finger Cymbal, Tambourine, Crotales, Field Drum, Piccolo Snare, Little Bell On A String, Sus Cymbal, Piatti, Gran Cassa, Triangle, Cabasa, Bass Drum, Pandeiro)  
Violin 1 (Divisi)
Violin 2 (Divisi)
Cello 1
Cello 2

  • Musical StyleContemporary Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsEasy
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Chorus SizeMedium



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