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‘Dr.’ in the house

La Jolla puts on musical version of film classic

As part of the La Jolla Playhouse’s Page to Stage initiative, the theater will host a workshop staging of a new musical adaptation of “Dr. Zhivago.”

The staging rounds out the 2005 season at the Playhouse, which starts with new tuner “Palm Beach,” directed by La Jolla artistic director Des McAnuff. The “screwball musical” has a book by Robert Cary and Benjamin Feldman, music by David Gursky and lyrics by Cary.

Also on the 2005 sked are the world premieres of Lee Blessing’s “The Scottish Play,” a comedy about staging “Macbeth,” directed by Ethan McSweeney, and tuner “The Essential Alice,” adapted from the novels of Lewis Carroll by Annie Weisman, with music by Michael Friedman. McAnuff directs “Alice.” Also, Theatre de la Jeune Lune brings a new adaptation of Moliere’s “The Miser.”

Also on the lineup is Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “I Am My Own Wife,” making a return visit to the theater where it originated, as part of the Page to Stage program. Billy Crystal’s Broadway hit “700 Sundays” is another veteran of the program.

The “Dr. Zhivago” musical, based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, has a libretto by Michael Weller. Lucy Simon (“The Secret Garden”) is writing original music, with lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. McAnuff will direct.

It’s due for a July 26-Aug. 21 run.

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