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'Doctor Zhivago' musical sets Broadway opening for April

'Doctor Zhivago' musical sets Broadway opening for April
Ivan Hernandez is seen in the musical "Doctor Zhivago" at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2006 -- the show's first staging. No cast has been announced for next year's Broadway production. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The musical "Doctor Zhivago," based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, tells a quintessentially Russian tale of romance and loss set against the upheaval of the early 20th century.

But the big-budget show's passport has taken on the stamp of other far-flung nationalities since the musical was first seen at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2006.

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In addition to its American debut, "Zhivago" has been produced in Australia, where it ran in Sydney and also toured in 2011. It slso was seen in Seoul, South Korea, the following year.

On Wednesday, the musical's producers confirmed rumors that "Doctor Zhivago" will be heading to Broadway. The show is set to open in New York at the Broadway Theatre on April 21. Tony Award winner Des McAnuff will direct the production, as he did in previous stagings of the musical.

"Doctor Zhivago" has undergone a number of revisions since 2006, and on Wednesday producers said that the creative team continues to refine the show in advance of Broadway. No casting for the New York run has been announced.

The production features music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. The musical was adapted from the original novel by Michael Weller, who penned the book for the musical "Ragtime."

Among the show's Broadway producers is the Korean impresario Chun-Soo Shin, who helped to mount the musical in Seoul.

Preview performances in New York are set to begin March 27.

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