Five Reasons to See..Doctor Zhivago

The 2011 musical version based on Boris Pasternak’s 1957 novel is heading to the Cadogan Hall for two performances only on the 1st September. Emma Clarendon attended the launch at the Theatre Cafe on Sunday – here’s why we think you should book tickets…

Lucy Simon’s score and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers: while launching at the Theatre Cafe, it was a real treat to hear a couple of the songs from the musical – in particular the gorgeous sounding ‘Who is She’ and ‘Now’ makes me eager to finding out what the rest of the score is going to be like to listen to live.

The cast: while a number of cast members have yet to be announced, this concert is already worth catching to hear Celinde Schoenmaker and Ramin Karimloo performing together on stage. With Lambert Jackson’s strong record of bringing a strong cast together – it is exciting to see who else is going to be jumping on board!

The story: having been adapted on countless occasions for television and most notably film, there is no denying that Boris Pasternak’s novel clearly has a timeless quality about it. Here is a brief summary of the plot:

Raised as an aristocrat, Yurii Andreyevich 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 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.

It is the UK premiere for the musical : this concert production will be the first time that the musical will be seen in the UK, making this a completely unique opportunity to hear the score performed live with the help of course from a live orchestra.

There are only two opportunities to catch it: the concert will be performed twice on the 1st September at 2pm and 6.30pm – so you will not want to miss out on discovering this musical for the very first time!

Doctor Zhivago will be performed at Cadogan Hall on the 1st September.

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