A dark London in the 11th century. The life of little Rob J. changes forever when he becomes and orphan and finds out that he has the extraordinary gift of predicting people’s death.
Fostered as the apprentice of a barber surgeon, Rob starts a journey across discovering life, discipline, and his thirst for knowledge. When he reaches the age of nineteen, a Jew physician tells Rob about a medical school in faraway Persia, ruled by Avicenna, the most brilliant physician of the period.
Rob embarks on the adventure of crossing the continent to become a physician himself. Our protagonist meets a Scottish girl during a caravan journey across the desert. Mary will soon become a central figure in Rob’s memories and future.
Still, nothing will be easy for Rob in Isfahan, where he has to pretend being a Jew in order to study, and starts a relationship with the Shah himself.
The young English will soon become one of Avicenna’s most brilliant students, but plagues, war, and a tyrant ruler will constantly put his life at risk. Only love, friendship, and his strong will and vocation will ensure Rob’s survival.
The musical THE PHYSICIAN is inspired by the famous, homonymous novel by Noah Gordon, beautifully reflected in a music and libretto that allows the audience to “experience the adventures of Rob J. in a new, fascinating way”, in words of the author himself.
The origin of the musical The Physician lies behind a story of inspiration, perseverance, and a little bit of luck that took their creators – composer Iván Macías and producer Pablo Martínez – to the city of Boston. There, they presented the project to a thrilled Noah Gordon, helped by the author’s son Michael, whom previously knew about the project in Barcelona.
Following the usual procedures of other international musicals, such as the ones premiered in Broadway or the West End, the creators of this musical have already presented an exclusive prevue of this big production that will have its world premiere in Madrid, in October 2018.
Created and produced in full in Spain, the project involves 33 cast members, and the biggest orchestra in a Spanish music theater, with 20 musicians playing live. A captivating, unique experience, never seen before in Madrid.
THE GREATEST PLEASURE
A LETTER FROM NOAH GORDON
It is a great pleasure for me to announce the Spanish musical adaptation of my novel The Physician. Throughout the years, readers have expressed their close connection with the book, and therefore I am thrilled knowing they can now experience the adventures of Rob J. Cole in a new, captivating way.
Composer Iván Macías has written this Musical from the very essence of my novel. This script and the talented performing voices will bring my characters back to life, transferring the whole story from the book pages to a fascinating enactment.
Félix Amador has accomplished the difficult task of providing a beautiful prose for this project that is perfectly attuned with Iván’s creative work. It is my desire that readers love both the script and lyrics as much as they loved my novel.
I am humbly grateful to the genius of this brilliant creative and artistic team, and all the actors, actresses, and musicians involved. All will allow us to watch and listen my book in a beautiful, majestic performance. I wish them a great success and all the best while they get ready to launch this amazing project in Seville by the end of this year.