Perez Reviews: Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago has some of the best singing on Broadway!

BIG belting!

EXQUISITE vocal arrangements by music director/supervisor Ron Melrose!

GORGEOUS orchestrations by Danny Troob to really show it off!

And, unfortunately, THE WORST book of the new Broadway season.

This musical would have worked sooooo much better as an opera – without any dialogue. Or maybe with heavy narration and minimal dialogue.

Michael Weller had the merciless task of condensing the long book/film (both long) into a long and hard-to-follow musical. And as if that weren’t daunting enough, he was also faced with not just editing down but also creating…. lots of cheese!

This love story is so melodramatic that it’s hard to find any of it believable and even harder to not audibly laugh at some of this campy dialogue.

It’s a shame because many of the songs – with music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie & Amy Powers – are quite beautiful and really good.

It doesn’t help either that director Des McAnuff has loaded the show with so many guns going off continually. It’s incredibly loud and distracting!

Kelly Barrett as Zhivago’s love interest is a revelation in this role and absolutely spectacular! And Paul Alexander Nolan, whom we’ve seen in previous productions, delivers the best performance we’ve ever seen him give in Doctor Zhivago.

As for the title character, Tam Mutu would have been served far better if – like we said – this were an opera!

Apr 21, 2015 11:56pm PST

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