“A TRIUMPHANT PRODUCTION. Extraordinary design, sublime talent, and spectacular vision. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW.” - WGBH

"AMAZING PERFORMANCES! A thing of beauty and wonder. By then end of Act II, I was higher than a kite and in tears. Do not miss The Jungle Book!" - Joyce Kulhawik
“Christopher Gattelli's choreography brings the jungle to stomping, swirling life. - The Boston Globe
“SPECTACULAR! The movie was great, the musical is better. Catch The Jungle Book while you can!” - Lowell Sun
“NON-STOP THEATRICAL BLISS! Mary Zimmerman has done it again. SUBLIME! The final scene will linger in the hearts of theatregoers for years to come.” - South Shore Critic
“BURSTING WITH COLOR! STUNNING AND IMAGINATIVE! André De Shields brings the house down." - Cape Cod Times
“IRRESISTIBLE! Full of creativity, playfulness, and life. A true family production.” - TAB / Wicked Local
“The flora and fauna of India shimmer with eye-filling allure in the inventive new stage adaptation.” - The New York Times
“JUBILANT, COLORFUL & MUSICALLY VIBRANT.” - Variety
“INVENTIVE & VISUALLY STUNNING!” - Entertainment Weekly

From the imagination of Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (Candide) comes a captivating new musical adaptation of a timeless favorite. The jungle springs to life in a kaleidoscopic song-and-dance-filled production that chronicles young Mowgli's adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Based on Rudyard Kipling's time-honored tales and featuring music from the classic Disney film (including "I Wanna Be Like You" and "The Bare Necessities"), this ravishing world premiere will enchant audiences of all ages.

Produced in association with Goodman Theatre.

Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

Video

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  • The Jungle Book Video Montage

    Get a sneak peek at scenes from Mary Zimmerman's brand new stage adaptation of The Jungle Book, based on the hit Disney animated film and the stories by Rudyard Kipling. 

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  • Behind the Scenes of The Jungle Book Workshop

    In February 2013, The Jungle Book Director/Adapter Mary Zimmerman and Music Director Doug Peck held a music workshop which united six Chicago swing/jazz musicians with six Indian instrumentalists to fuse songs to create a sound unique to this production.

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  • Peter DuBois on The Jungle Book

    Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses his excitment in welcoming Mary Zimmerman back to the Huntington to continue working on her ravishing new musical adaptation of The Jungle Book, based on the classic Disney film and the original stories by Rudyard Kipling. 

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    Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos

    Photo credit: Liz Lauren

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  • Mary Zimmerman on The Jungle Book

    Mary Zimmerman discusses the musical inspiration behind her re-imagining of The Jungle Book.

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  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos

    Photo credit: Goodman Theatre

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  • The Jungle Book on "Chicago Tonight"

    WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" speaks with adapter/director Mary Zimmerman, young star Akash Chopra (who portrays Mowgli), co-star Kevin Carolan (Baloo) and Richard Sherman, one of the composers of the beloved Disney tunes, in this exclusive look at The Jungle Book.

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  • The Jungle Book First Rehearsal: the Meet & Greet

    The first rehearsal of The Jungle Book at the Huntington included a luncheon with the cast, staff, and company members, as well as opening remarks from Managing Director Michael Maso and director Mary Zimmerman.

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  • What Audiences Are Saying About The Jungle Book

    Hear what audiences have been saying about Mary Zimmerman's ravishing new musical adaptation of The Jungle Book, and get a sneak peek at scenes from the production!

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  • The Cast of The Jungle Book Performs the National Anthem at Fenway Park

    The cast of Mary Zimmerman's ravishing new musical adaptation of The Jungle Book performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park before the 1:05pm Red Sox game against the New York Yankees on Saturday, September 14, 2013, before heading back to the theatre to perform a 2pm matinee.

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    Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

  • The Jungle Book Goes To Fenway

    On Saturday, September 14, 2013, the cast of The Jungle Book performed the National Anthem at the Red Sox game against the New York Yankees, before rushing back to the theatre on a trolley to perform a 2pm matinee.

    They had a little fun while they were there. Check out our highlights from the trip!

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    Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

  • A Conversation with The Jungle Book's Richard Sherman

    An exclusive performance / Q+A with the legendary Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter! Joined by Boston Globe Arts Editor Rebecca Ostriker, Richard Sherman recounts his early days as a songwriter, his lifelong collaboration with his brother (Robert B. Sherman), working with Walt Disney, and, of course, the stories behind many of the musical masterpieces we know and love today. He will delight with renditions of his most well-known melodies, from Mary Poppins classics such as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” to Jungle Book favorites such as “I Wanna Be Like You.”

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Articles

  • The Jungle Book Photo Album

    Mary Zimmerman and the rest of the creative team of The Jungle Book recently traveled to India to aid them in their research and development of the play.

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  • The Jungle Book Curtain Calls

    Enjoy a series of brief interviews with Jungle Book cast members Akash Chopra (Mowgli), André DeShields (King Louie), Kevin Carolan (Baloo), and Thomas Derrah (Kaa).

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  • The Sights & Sounds of India: Re-Imagining The Jungle Book

    When Disney Theatrical Group conceived of a stage version of the classic 1967 film The Jungle Book, they easily could have set out to create a replica of the movie that for decades has captivated generations of children with its celebratory music and lovable characters. Instead, they tapped Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, one of theatre’s most innovative directors, to reimagine their hit as a wholly original new work to be felt and experienced live at the theatre.

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  • The Music of The Jungle Book

    Songwriter Richard Sherman and his brother Robert had not read Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 collection of stories when they were called into a meeting by Walt Disney to contribute to the development of a movie of The Jungle Book. It turns out that neither had any of the other animators or writers on the project. When Disney asked who of his team was familiar with the stories, not a person in the room raised his hand. “It was like a bunch of guys in school that hadn’t done their homework,” Richard Sherman remembers.

    Disney’s response? “Well, that’s good.”

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  • The Jungle Sings & Sways: Music & Dance in The Jungle Book

    While some aspects of The Jungle Book are based on the animated classic, the creative team and cast have also worked with Rudyard Kipling’s original text — and have collaborated with Indian artists to infuse the work with sounds, images, and movements that are native to its setting. 

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Press Reviews

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“A TRIUMPHANT PRODUCTION. Extraordinary design, sublime talent, and spectacular vision. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW.” - WGBH
"AMAZING PERFORMANCES! A thing of beauty and wonder. By then end of Act II, I was higher than a kite and in tears. Do not miss The Jungle Book!" - Joyce Kulhawik
“Christopher Gattelli's choreography brings the jungle to stomping, swirling life. - The Boston Globe
“SPECTACULAR! The movie was great, the musical is better. Catch The Jungle Book while you can!” - Lowell Sun
“NON-STOP THEATRICAL BLISS! Mary Zimmerman has done it again. SUBLIME! The final scene will linger in the hearts of theatregoers for years to come.” - South Shore Critic
“BURSTING WITH COLOR! STUNNING AND IMAGINATIVE! André De Shields brings the house down." - Cape Cod Times
“IRRESISTIBLE! Full of creativity, playfulness, and life. A true family production.” - TAB / Wicked Local
“The flora and fauna of India shimmer with eye-filling allure in the inventive new stage adaptation.” - The New York Times
“JUBILANT, COLORFUL & MUSICALLY VIBRANT.” - Variety
“BREATHLESSLY ENTERTAINING!” - Daily Herald
“CLASSY, SOPHISTICATED, VISUALLY BEAUTIFUL!” - Chicago Tribune
“THIS SUMMER'S HOT TICKET.” - USA Today
“ENTIRELY FRESH, EVER-SURPRISING & WINNINGLY WHIMSICAL!” - Chicago Sun-Times
“INVENTIVE & VISUALLY STUNNING!” - Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Buzz

I just saw this on Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery, music, dancing and acting are all excellent. I highly recommend this and encourage everyone to go see it!— Amy G., via Facebook
"Absolutley fantastic! Saw it last night and would definitely see it again!!! Go see it people...go see it!!"— Rhonda L.,via Facebook
"Amazing production with every detail just perfect! Loved it!"— Marcy C., via Facebook
"This is a GREAT time! Don't miss it!"— Pat A., via Facebook
"Congratulations to the cast, crew and creative team of The Jungle Book. It's a fabulous, awesome, amazing show. You should all be proud of yourselves, your hard work has paid off."— Christian W., via Facebook
"Just saw a preview of #JungleBook--a tour de force filled with vibrant staging, masterful performers of song & upbeat, jazzy dance with costumed musicians coming and going from the pit to the stage in a seamless production. And the jungleboy himself--all of 7 or 8--a relaxed, right on que, engaging little guy. A great night. See it if you can!"— Faye S., via Facebook
"I was a small child last night experiencing all the magic and wonder of Mary Zimmerman's #JungleBook at @huntington Theatre. Go go go."— @AdamJKantor
"It's a thoroughly delightful #JungleBook @huntington !! @kevincarolan #BalooAbides is a gift& #MaryZimmerman's vision a feast & celebration!"— @StageElf
"Everyone and their kids must see @huntington THE JUNGLE BOOK directed by the brilliant Mary Zimmerman!! It's pure #magic #junglebook #boston"— @kathrynyee
"Visual stunning and musically enthralling - every Bostonian must make it a point to see @huntington's #JungleBook"— @jharrin8
"@huntington #JungleBook raises the roof with a knock-out performance by Andre De Shields that's not to be missed!"— @Artseminator
"Dear world, You need to see the @huntington's production of #JungleBook. Your life will be incomplete without it."— @Ebearce
"#JungleBook @huntington theatre. WOW!!! Mesmerizing. Gorgeous. Animal choreography as good as #LionKing Already loved the story. Love this!"— @JanetWuOn7
"In/near Boston? See The Jungle Book at The Huntington: 2 hours of visual and musical brilliance, utter joy and creative inspiration!"— @RochelleSeltzer
"The Jungle Book at the Huntington theatre in Boston! Holy crap, you're blowing my mind as Baloo would say. Definitely a must see if you can."— @StephMathews
"Saw lush new production of The Jungle Book at The Huntington Theatre last night. A fresh Mowgli, beautiful costumes, even on the musicians."— @StacyWong8
"Seriously, get yourself to #JungleBook at @huntington It's a stunning production with a phenomenal cast."— @tracyesmith
"@huntington HOT DAMN Jungle Book is incredible!!! Everyone needs to see this piece of fantastic, fun, lively theater. Not one to be missed!"— @oliviamoriarty
"@huntington today to see 'The Jungle Book' -- I think I liked it more than my kids. Strikingly creative and fun--see it."— @tedreinstein
"Thoroughly enjoyed #JungleBook @huntington Beautiful, inventive adaptation with wonderful music."— @theatrelane
"The #JungleBook at the @huntington is truly something special. I teared up in the second half.And left beaming.Go. #BostonArts"— @drpeccidesign
"Wonderfully done! Mowgli is irresistible, all the animals were amazing. Loved the music, the energy, everything about it! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "— George W., via Goldstar
"We adored it. Great for all generations. See it. Enjoy it. Take someone else to see it. They will thank you. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★"— GypsyRoseLee, via Goldstar

Features

  • The Jungle Book Launches Huntington's 32nd Season

    From BU Today, September 18, 2013: "When Mary Zimmerman was first approached by Disney Theatrical Productions about adapting the classic 1967 animated musical film The Jungle Book for the stage, the Tony Award–winning director was certain of two things: she didn’t want to simply replicate the beloved film—she also wanted to incorporate elements of the Rudyard Kipling stories that had inspired it. And she wanted to capture the visual and musical aesthetic of India, the setting of Kipling’s book, in an authentic, imaginative way. . . . "
  • Songwriter Richard Sherman Has The Hits We Remember

    From NPR OnPoint Radio with Tom Ashbrook, September 17, 2013: "We talk with songwriter and composer Richard Sherman about his work on the Disney classics Mary Poppins,” The Jungle Book, and more. . . . "
  • Andre DeShields Relishes Jungle Book Role

    From Boston Herald, September 9, 2013: "Andre De Shields couldn’t resist playing King Louie in the stage version of The Jungle Book — even if Disney made him up. 'Orangutans aren’t even indigenous to India,' said De Shields, who could school audiences young and old on the history of the beloved Rudyard Kipling book, the 1967 animated­ movie and, especially, the plum role that brings down the house every night at the Huntington Theatre Company. . . . "
  • Mary Zimmerman Brings The Beat of The Jungle Book to Life

    From BroadwayWorld.com, September 9, 2013: "BroadwayWorld.com caught up with Zimmerman by phone during a break from final tech to discuss her vision for The Jungle Book and the particular challenges involved in bringing a beloved, but dated, book and animated classic to the stage in the 21st century. . . . "
  • The Jungle Book Lights Up The Huntington

    From WBUR RadioBoston, September 5, 2013: "Many of us are familiar with the 1967 Disney movie The Jungle Book, which tells the story of Mowgli, a young boy raised by animals in the jungles of India. The film was based on an 1894 collection of stories by the British writer Rudyard Kipling, and the story has been adapted yet again – this time, as a musical for the stage. WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with adapter/director Mary Zimmerman in the balcony of the Huntington’s main stage as the crew was putting final touches on the set. . . . "
  • The Jungle Book: A Homegrown Project with a Deceptive Disney Disguise

    From TheaterMania, September 6, 2013: "As one of the newest Disney properties to undergo the screen-to-stage transformation, The Jungle Book has been frequently lumped in among the lustrous group of Broadway-bound Disney Theatrical productions coming down the pike. However, The Jungle Book presents a unique case, for while it bears the Disney insignia, it is not, in fact, a Disney Theatrical production. . . . "
  • Akash Chopra is fit for the Jungle

    From The Boston Globe, August 24, 2013: "Kevin Carolan can pinpoint exactly when he knew that 10-year-old Akash Chopra, his costar in The Jungle Book, was more than capable of holding his own in an adult theater production . . . When asked about his acting process, his answer is exactly what you'd want a 10-year-old to say. 'I just pretend that I'm Mowgli and that I'm in the jungle,' he says. 'I just love being onstage and being tossed around and playing with the monkeys.' . . . "
  • Wild Things: The Jungle Book's Costume Designer Talks Creature Couture

    From Improper Bostonian, August 9, 2013: "Mara Blumenfeld is a veteran costumer designer whose work was last seen in Boston at the Huntington’s production of Candide two years ago, and she’s a longtime collaborator with Zimmerman—but this show presented some uncharted territory. Speaking by phone from her home base in Chicago, Blumenfeld filled us in on traveling halfway around the world for research and going through a whole 'graveyard of monkey-tail prototypes.' . . . "
  • Cutting Through A Cultural Thicket: The Jungle Book Comes To Stage

    From The New York Times, June 20, 2013: "The conductor sat cross-legged on the floor, but this was not a rehearsal break. Instead, Doug Peck, the music director and orchestrator for the new musical adaptation of The Jungle Book, was leading an 11-piece band through a sinuous show tune while pumping a harmonium from the center of a large Persian rug. . . . "
  • The Jungle Book Goes Onstage

    From The New York Times, June 23, 2013: An interactive slideshow exploring the creative process behind Mary Zimmerman's groundbreaking adaptation of The Jungle Book.
  • Goodman Theatre, Disney Unite For Stage Version of The Jungle Book

    From Chicago Sun-Times, June 19, 2013: "'Walt Disney would have loved this fusion.' These words could not come from a better authority — the Oscar- and Grammy-winning Richard Sherman, who, with his late brother, Robert, wrote five of the songs on the much-beloved soundtrack for The Jungle Book, Disney’s 1967 animated film inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s book of stories. . . . "
  • Here's How Mary Zimmerman Created The Jungle Book

    From Chicago Magazine, June 2013: "'The Jungle Book isn’t an Indian world, or an English world, or an American one. It’s a world of imagination—a paradise you’re going to lose. Mowgli will leave the jungle, but while he’s there, there’s incredible wonderment. . . . '"

Artists

  • Mary ZimmermanAdaptor/Director
  • Roni AkuratiMowgli
  • Usman AllyBagheera
  • Anjali BhimaniRaksha / Others
  • Kevin CarolanBaloo / Others
  • Akash ChopraMowgli
  • Glory CurdaLittle Girl
  • Thomas DerrahKaa / Others
  • Andre De ShieldsAkela / King Louie
  • Jeremy DuvallInsect / Others / Dance Captain
  • Monique HaleyInsect / Others
  • Nehal JoshiRama / Others
  • Ed KrossColonel Hathi / Others
  • Govind KumarWolf / Vulture / Others
  • Nikka Graff LanzaronePeacock / Others
  • Alka NayyarDoe / Insect / Others
  • Geoff PackardLieutenant George / Giddha / Others
  • Nebi BerhaneWolf / Others
  • Victor J. WisehartWolf / Others
  • Larry YandoShere Kahn
  • Scott SeveranceSwing
  • Adrian RuzSwing
  • Alessandra ValeaSwing
  • Pim van AmerongenSwing
  • Christopher GattelliChoreographer
  • Doug PeckMusical Orchestration, Supervision, Adaptation, and Arrangement
  • Daniel OstlingSet Design
  • Mara BlumenfeldCostume Design
  • T.J. GerckensLighting Design
  • Joshua HorvathSound Design
  • Ray NardelliSound Design
  • Andre PluessSound Design
  • Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. ShermanComposer
  • Hema RajagopalanIndian Dance Consultant
  • Lou CastroAsst. Choreographer
  • M. William ShinerStage Manager
  • Kathryn MostAssistant Stage Manager
  • Neel MurgalSitar, Daf, Overtone Vocal
  • Saraswathi RanganathanVeena
  • Anuradha SridharCarnatic Violin
  • Victor GarciaTrumpet, Snake Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Walt BostianTrombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Snake Trumpet
  • Mark PintoClarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Flute
  • Juli WoodTenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
  • Shivalik GhoshalTablas, Dholak
  • Ronnie MalleyGhattam, Dholak, Dhol, Dumbek, Percussion, Oud (through Oct. 6)
  • Tareq RantisiGhattam, Dholak, Dhol, Dumbek, Percussion, Oud (starting Oct. 7)
  • Mike AmbrozewskiDrums
  • Tony D'AmicoBass
  • Rick HammettOrchestra Contractor

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