Cast of THE JUNGLE BOOK to Perform National Anthem at Red Sox/Yankees Game, 9/14
Sixteen members of cast of the Huntington Theatre Company's production of The Jungle Book will perform the National Anthem tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Fenway Park before the nationally televised 1:05pm Red Sox game versus the New York Yankees.
A trolley provided by Old Town Trolleys will transport the group from Fenway Park to the Huntington Theatre Company's BU Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts/Huntington Avenue immediately following the Anthem for the first of the day's two performances of The Jungle Book. The Huntington has delayed the 2pm curtain to 2:15pm to accommodate the cast's return from this special appearance.
The "inventive and visually stunning" (Entertainment Weekly) world premiere production wholly reimagined for the stage by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (Candide) 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 - collaborates 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 New York Times praises, "The flora and fauna of India shimmer with eye-filling allure in the inventive new stage adaptation."
Already extended once due to popular demand, the Huntington production now plays September 7 - October 13, 2013 on the Huntington's main stage, the BU Theatre. Tickets are available online at huntingtontheatre.org, by phone at 617 266 0800, and in person at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre and South End / Calderwood Pavilion box offices.
For more information, visit http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/junglebook.
Production photos available at huntingtontheatre.org/junglebook-photos.
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.