It has been announced that West End Frame Award winner Tam Mutu will make his Broadway debut as the title role in Doctor Zhivago.
The show has book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. Directed by Des McAnuff, the show opens at the Broadway Theatre on 21st April 2015 (previews from 27th March).
In May this year, Mutu won the WEF Award for Best Performance of a Song in a Musical for his rendition of 'Stars' in Les Miserables. He joins fellow WEF Award winner Rachel Tucker who is currently starring in The Last Ship on Broadway. She won Best Performance of a Song in a Musical in 2012 for her rendition of Defying Gravity in Wicked.
Mutu is currently starring in City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse. As well as previously playing Anatoly in Craig Revel Horwood's production of Chess (Princess of Wales, Toronto), just a few of Mutu's extensive theatre credits include alternate Phantom in Love Never Dies (Adelphi), Longaville in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Anything Goes, South Pacific and The Royal Hunt of the Sun (National Theatre) and Orange Peel (Royal Court) as well as Romeo and Juliet, King Lear (RSC).
The Broadway cast of Doctor Zhivago will also feature Kelli Barrett (currently starring as Nessarose in Wicked on Broadway), Tom Hewitt (The Rocky Horror Show/Jesus Christ Superstar) and Paul Nolan (currently playing Guy in Once on Broadway). Full casting will be announced shortly.
Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, the romance is set during the final days of Czarist Russia and follows Zhivago (Mutu), a political idealist, physician and poet. His life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar (Barrett). Zhivago is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, competing for her affections with the young revolutionary Pasha Antipov (Nolan) and the aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky (Hewitt).