NEW YORK, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The new Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago is to open April 21, the show's producers announced this week.
Casting is expected to be announced soon.
"This sweeping musical romance, which revolves around five intertwined lovers set against a panoramic portrait of a nation in upheaval, is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff," a news release said.
Doctor Zhivago will feature a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Power, and choreography by Kelly Devine.
"I have always had a very personal feeling about Boris Pasternak's novel and a tremendous respect for the David Lean film. Before I even started thinking it might be possible to write a musical based on this work, I reread the novel three times. Only after I grasped the significance of the last chapter, 'The Poems of Yurii Zhivago,' did I see a way forward," Simon said in a statement.
"After completing the prose novel, Pasternak wrote 25 poems -- poems that Zhivago had been in the process of creating throughout the novel. If read by themselves, the poems capture the novel and retell it in a different form. That concept of being able to reduce the size of the novel by translating into another language -- music -- was my thrilling challenge. Also igniting my interest was the discovery that Doctor Zhivago is more than a story about love and revolution. It is a novel about the irreducible force of creation rising from the ashes of revolution -- a creation that continues and informs the future."