ZIMMERMAN BLENDS THE 1967 WALT DISNEY FILM AND RUDYARD KIPLING’S ORIGINAL WORK
(BOSTON) –Tickets to the world premiere production of The Jungle Book at the Huntington Theatre Company will go on sale on Tuesday, June 25 at midnight. The new musical adaptation, wholly reimagined for the stage by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman and produced in association with Goodman Theatre, begins performances tonight in Chicago where it has already been extended due to popular demand.
Zimmerman’s new production transforms Walt Disney’s 1967 animated hit into an entirely original new work for the stage, drawing both from the film and Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle and featuring original Indian-inspired music and dance. The 19-member cast and 12-member band comprised of both western jazz and traditional Indian instruments will perform at the Huntington’s main stage, the Boston University Theatre, September 7 – October 6, 2013.
Single tickets to The Jungle Book (starting at $25, discounts available to subscribers; members of the military; WBUR, WGBH, and the BU community; and those aged 35 and under) will be available:
- online at huntingtontheatre.org beginning at 12am
- by phone at 617 266 0800 beginning at 12pm
- in person at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre (264 Huntington Ave.) and the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) Box Offices beginning at 12pm.
The most affordable way to see Huntington productions is with a subscription. Seven-play packages including The Jungle Book are the best value and start at just $126. More information is available by phone at 617 266 0800 and online at huntingtontheatre.org/subscribe.
MORE ABOUT THE JUNGLE BOOK
Mary Zimmerman’s new book for the story about the young “man cub” Mowgli’s coming-of-age with the help of anthropomorphic singing and dancing jungle animals blends the humor and spirit of Disney’s iconic film with Kipling’s poetry and balances the jubilant songs from the film with the universal theme of the loss of childhood innocence.
“Every adult knows how it feels to have been a child — the time when we're closer to the animals, nature, and much freer outside of the rules of man — and how it feels to leave that time of life. I think that's part of the enduring, universal appeal of The Jungle Book,” said Zimmerman. “I want the audience to experience the joys of the music of the Disney film and of a world where you are one with nature and the animals — even with all its dangers and troubles — and also the recognition that you can’t stay there.”
The score contains seven songs from the film, plus never-before-heard pieces from the Academy and Grammy Award winners Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Richard Sherman contributed new lyrics for this production and collaborated with Music Director Doug Peck, who arranges and orchestrates the music, adding underscoring based both on themes from the film and Indian ragas and dance music. Peck’s instrumentation includes piano/harmonium, bass, drum set, clarinet, saxophones, flute, trumpet, trombone, tuba, Indian snake trumpets, Carnatic (South Indian) violin, sitar, veena, tablas, ghattam, dholak, and dhol.
Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli collaborates with Chicago-based Hema Rajagopalan—founder and artistic director of Chicago’s Natya Dance Theatre—to combine elements of classical Indian dance forms with jazz, tap, and other types of movement to enhance the storytelling. Rajagopalan’s company performs Bharata Natyam, a major classical Indian dance form that relies heavily on expressive, specific hand gestures.
The Goodman Theatre’s run begins previews on June 21, opens July 1, and now plays through August 11. The Huntington production begins September 7, opens September 18, and plays through October 6.