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

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.

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!

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.

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

Intelligent, We loved it.

See it if The music is good, the lyrics inventive, the story original... different than the movie. The actors are so talented!

Don't see it if The weakness of the opening number will put you off for the rest of the very strong show.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if Your open to learning about other cultures

Don't see it if Your not willing to pay close attention and follow the storyline

Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You liked the book or just want to see some intense musical theatre, masterfully performed.

Don't see it if You prefer lighthearted musicals.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Romantic, Riveting, Clever

See it if Saw this opening week and feel that the critics and audiences didn't really give it the chance it deserved. It's a big story, edited well.

Don't see it if You didn't see the movie, know nothing about history, want cheery musicals, expect "Lara's Theme" played throughout.

Enchanting, Romantic, Epic

See it if you love musicals

Don't see it if you don't like long shows

Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if I always look deep into the acting...thr characters and it grabbed me. It was phenomenal.

Don't see it if If you are not visually motivated and see beyond the darkness of it.

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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