(BOSTON) — The twelve-piece jazz/Indian fusion orchestra from the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of The Jungle Book will perform Out of the Jungle at Johnny D’s Uptown in Somerville on Sunday, October 6 at 8:15pm. The one-night-only event is a cross-cultural celebration inspired by the collaboration among the orchestra’s six Indian and six jazz musicians. Under the creative direction of Doug Peck, the ensemble will leave the score from the show behind to perform sets of North and South Indian traditional music and original and jazz standards – genres that both draw heavily on improvisation – in their unique style that combines the sounds of east and west.
Tickets to this unique event are $15 online and $20 at the door. Johnny D’s Uptown is located at 17 Holland Street, Somerville. Learn more at huntingtontheatre.org/outofthejungle.
"Out of the Jungle is an experience that brings together different continents, cultures, and communities,” says percussionist Ronnie Malley. “More than a collective of musicians from a theatre production, it is a way for us to continue the dialogue that has developed as we’ve performed this culturally diverse show. The cross-cultural exchange extends beyond our American jazz and Indian musicians to one between North and South Indian traditions, as well – a rare occurrence among South Asian communities. For some in our audience, it may be the first time they hear or see instruments such as sitar, tablas, or veena, let alone hear them play along with a jazz band.” Malley performs the ghattam, dholak, dhol, dumbek, and oud in The Jungle Book.
Cape Cod Times praises the production’s “fabulous orchestra,” and WBUR says, “When it comes to Doug Peck’s ravishing orchestration of material from the movie, the results are everything you’ve hoped for . . . you feel like you’re in some wonderful hybrid of Benny Goodman’s legendary Carnegie Hall concert, Ravi Shankar sitting in with George Harrison, and a sequel to On the Town set in the jungle.”
Extended twice by popular demand, The Jungle Book plays through October 20 at the Huntington’s main stage, the BU Theatre. The new musical production wholly reimagined for the stage by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (Candide) is based on Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling's 1983 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle and Walt Disney's 1967 animated film. It has been hailed by critics as:
“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
The Jungle Book is produced by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and in association with Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
Tickets start at $25 with prices ranging to $135 - subject to change – with select discounts available:
- online at huntingtontheatre.org
- by phone at 617 266 0800
- in person at the Box Offices at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street).
2013-2014 SEASON SPONSORS
- Grand Patron: Boston University
- Season Sponsors: J. David Wimberly, Carol G. Deane
THE JUNGLE BOOK SPONSORS
- Premiere Sponsor: J. David Wimberly
- Lead Sponsors: Carol G. Deane and Linda & Brooks Zug
- Featured Sponsors: Anne & Steve Cucchiaro, Betsy & David Epstein, Jane & Fred Jamison, Carol B. Langer, Mitchell & Jill Roberts, John D. Spooner, Linda & Dan Waintrup, and Anonymous
- With additional support from: John & Bette Cohen, Arthur C. & Eloise W. Hodges, Susan & David Leathers, Bill & Linda McQuillan, Anne M. Morgan, Gail Roberts, Dola Hamilton Stemberg, and Faith & Joseph Tiberio
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
ABOUT DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS
Disney Theatrical Productions proudly partners with Goodman Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company to bring Mary Zimmerman’s vision to theatrical life. A division of The Walt Disney Studios, DTP was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. With 15 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day. Worldwide, its eight Broadway titles have been seen by over 124 million theatergoers and have, cumulatively, run a staggering 195 years. The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, opened in 1994, playing a remarkable 13 year Broadway run and produced in 28 countries worldwide. In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and is now the highest grossing show in Broadway history. In its 16th smash year, it has welcomed over 70 million visitors worldwide and can currently be seen on Broadway; on tour across North America, the U.K., and Japan; and in London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, and Sao Paulo. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony® Awards and spawning productions around the world. Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, opened in London in 2004 and established itself as one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge in recent years, playing more than six years on Broadway and produced around the world. Tarzan®, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is now an international hit with an award-winning production in its sixth year in Germany. In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the #1-selling new musical of that year. Its success continues with regional productions across the US and new productions on three other continents. Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher, its two most recent Broadway productions, received seven 2012 Tony® Awards between them and continue their smash New York City runs. In addition, DTP licenses stage performance rights to more than a dozen Disney musicals around the world through Music Theatre International. Its new musical, Aladdin, will open in Toronto in fall 2013.