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

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if never ever ever ever see this.

Don't see it if you have a brain.

Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Excruciating

See it if You have tons of patience and don't mind sitting through a nearly three hour show.

Don't see it if You are looking to be enthralled by a sweeping epic a la Les Mis. The music is quite boring and the songs blend into one another.

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.

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want a bargain bin version of Les Mis without all the stuff that makes Les Mis good.

Don't see it if You have taste.

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

Excruciating, Confusing, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you absolutely adored the film/book or you yearn for long tedious LES MIZ-style shows again.

Don't see it if you can’t stand epic love sagas with sweeping romantic ballad after ballad for what felt like 7 hours.

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.

Off-putting, Inaccessible, Original, Intense, Great singing

See it if You have keen interest and background knowledge of the communist revolution in Russia, enjoy artistic symbolism in historical narrative

Don't see it if While the story is beautiful and the history is fervent, the songs and characters remain tied to a specific context and inaccessible

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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