(BOSTON) — Due to popular demand, the Huntington Theatre Company again extends the run of its world premiere adaptation of The Jungle Book — the final performance will now be Sunday, October 20. The “inventive and visually stunning” (Entertainment Weekly) production officially opens tonight, Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm at the Huntington’s mainstage, the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.
Tickets to all performances are now available online at huntingtontheatre.org. Beginning at noon, tickets will be available by phone at 617 266 0800 and in person at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Group tickets at up to 20% off are available at 617 273 1525. The most affordable way to see The Jungle Book is with a subscription. Seven-play packages including The Jungle Book are the best value and start at $126. More information is available by phone at 617 266 0800 and online at huntingtontheatre.org/subscribe.
Tickets to The Jungle Book start at $25, with prices ranging to $135 (subject to change). Selected discounts are available. Check huntingtontheatre.org/junglebook for performances with the best availability.
Wholly reimagined for the stage by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (Candide), this new production is based on Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling’s 1893 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle and Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film. Zimmerman’s adaptation is a music- and movement-filled adventure of young Mowgli’s coming-of-age in the animal kingdom featuring the movie’s best-loved songs in wholly new Indian-inspired arrangements. Legendary Academy Award and Grammy winner Richard M. Sherman — whose numerous songwriting credits with brother Robert B. Sherman include the motion pictures The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The AristoCats — collaborated on this production, providing Music Director Doug Peck access and permission to adapt songs that Sherman and his brother wrote for the film, plus never-before-heard material. Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli with Indian dance consultant Hema Rajagopalan combine elements of classical Indian dance forms with jazz, tap, and more to enhance the storytelling.
The Jungle Book has been critically hailed as “entirely fresh, ever-surprising, and winningly whimsical” (Chicago Sun-Times), “sophisticated, sensual, and gorgeous” (Chicago Tribune), and “breathlessly entertaining” (Daily Herald). The New York Times praises, “The flora and fauna of India shimmer with eye-filling allure in the inventive new stage adaptation.”
The Jungle Book is produced by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, which proudly supports Zimmerman's development of this title, providing financial support, creative consultation and access to song material, and in association with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading theatre company 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. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates 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. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
ABOUT DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS
Disney Theatrical Productions proudly partners with Huntington Theatre Company and Goodman Theatre 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 16 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.