Doctor Zhivago celebrates the strength of love and art, in the face of political oppression and revolution. 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 devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko, and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar. 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 is based on the novel of the same title, Nobel Prize-winner Boris Pasternak’s 20th-century epic Russian masterpiece. The musical debuted at California’s La Jolla playhouse (as Zhivago) in 2006 with a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon, and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers.