Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Dr. Zhivago

From 36 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Romantic, Entertaining

About the show

A new musical adaptation of the 1958 Nobel Prize-winning novel about an epic romance set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution. More…

Dr. Zhivago is the story of a political idealist, physician and poet who is tossed by the tides of history, torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia, and the passionate and mysterious Lara. Zhivago competes for Lara's affections with the young revolutionary Pasha and the aristocrat Viktor.

2h 40m | Already closed | The Broadway Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (36)


Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Romantic, Entertaining
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the story and want to remember it.

Don't see it if weird staging choices. Plot is contrived and character development is not done well.

Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of the movie. This show was not nearly as bad as everyone said. I was entertained and not bored, so that's a partial win.

Don't see it if You don't like the movie or stories of war and relationships.

Absorbing, Epic, Disappointing, Romantic, Dizzying

See it if You love big, epic musicals, no matter how iffy the material.

Don't see it if You have extremely fond memories of the movie and are expecting something on par.

Disappointing, Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Romantic

See it if you loved the film. This is that, with music, and Kelli Barrett and Paul Alexander Nolan giving great performances.

Don't see it if you want a musical staging of the film to add something new or at least enhance our understanding of the story; this uneven effort doesn't.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you love a ballad (or many)

Don't see it if just don't see it - there is better out there

Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you really really love the movie

Don't see it if you hate a bad show

Absorbing, Disappointing, Dated, Overrated

See it if You would appreciate a love story with many obstacles, during wartime.

Don't see it if You expect a light-hearted love story with a happy ending.

Excellent cast, Slow, Disappointing, Unmemorable musical numbers

See it if you are a fan of any of the great cast or you must see the classic story.

Don't see it if are expecting a wonderful musical with big memorable musical numbers.

Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like a show with a intriguing first act, and don't care if the second act throws it all away.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with songs you'll walk away humming. I can't name a single song from this show.

Epic, Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Urgent

See it if you like epic stories on a big stage

Don't see it if you get overwhelmed at large productions that are urgent, fast paced and always in motion. Snow??

Indulgent, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You know the classic movie and want to see a different take on it.

Don't see it if You are looking for a replica of the splendor of the film (visually), and if you are annoyed by poor choices of staging.

Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if you like love stories.

Don't see it if want a serious play.

Great singing, Exquisite, Riveting, Romantic, Intense

See it if If you like beautiful music and romantic stories.

Don't see it if If you want a perfect book or you didn't like the movie.

Fantastic singing, Ambitious, Underrated

See it if you want to hear a great Lucy Simon score sung passionately. Paul Nolan. Beautiful costumes.

Don't see it if The leads unfortunately lacked chemistry. Zhivago was more compelling in his solo songs which made him seem self-involved. Bad projections!

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you are a fan of the book and movie; beautiful costumes; poor script and music

Don't see it if violence on stage bothers you (blood splats from gun shots); you expect a well put together story of epic proportion;

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if If you want an ultra condensed romantic drama.

Don't see it if You expect a well or mediocre written, staged and performed show.

Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Slow, Romantic

See it if This closed WAY TOO EARLY! It got a bad rep. When I went, it was fab! A little slow, but so was the movie and the mini series.

Don't see it if Haters gonna hate. You should have seen it.

Ambitious, Also a movie

See it if didn't see movie and prefer musical format

Don't see it if you have high hopes based on already seeing movie

Cliched, Exquisite, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're ready for beautiful sets and costumes! Cast delivers the material well, but the material doesn't always live up to their talents.

Don't see it if you're looking on a fresh take on the classic - this is traditional in a big way. No one left the theater humming the forgettable music

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You have a lot of patience- I loved the movie, but found the show very drawn out and boring

Don't see it if You fall asleep at shows easily

Great acting, Great staging, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like a great story. The costumes and the set is amazing. Very touching and heartfelt. Loved everything.

Don't see it if Don't care for on old classic.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if You like big staged theater, beautiful costuming, love stories, old school stories

Don't see it if You hate musicals. I dislike most musicals, but enjoyed this. If you dislike bright lights or it bothers you. You hate romantic stories.

Absorbing, Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You like epic stories full of action and romance. Very similar in style to Les Miserable

Don't see it if You don't like epic stories with a lot of subplots

Ambitious, Epic, Bland score, Confusing, Bad set design

See it if you are in love with the novel and story.

Don't see it if you are expecting an epic musical with a first rate score and staging.

Disappointing, Slow, Romantic

See it if You like the book or movie.

Don't see it if You don't want to be bored.

April 21st, 2015
"A turgid throwback to the British invasion of Broadway in the 1980s, and more specifically to the epic-romantic style of “Les Misérables” and “Miss Saigon.” If full-throated love ballads, thundering militaristic anthems, baggy plots, highly expositional dialogue and doomed romances are your cup ...
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April 21st, 2015
"'Zhivago' is Jean Valjean with a poetic streak and a medical bag...No amount of syrupy, portentous music—swamping workmanlike lyrics—can make us care for the synthetic, drably colored pageant. Des McAnuff’s staging looks expensive but ugly, with cheesy video close‑ups of actors, giant Soviet pro...
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April 21st, 2015
"Sprawling European novels do not make great musicals. Unfortunately, this lesson has fallen on deaf ears at the Broadway Theatre — and I don’t just mean those forced to endure the mess that is 'Doctor Zhivago'. I also mean its authors and director, who together have turned Boris Pasternak’s nove...
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April 21st, 2015
""Somewhere, My Love," there's a great musical to be made from this classic tale. This isn't it...The notes are all there, but the emotion is sorely lacking. The same could be said of the entirety of this big-budget musical...The show dutifully features all the major characters and dramatic momen...
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