Disney Seeks Young Vine-Swinger for Tarzan Musical

An open casting call will be held for Equity and non-Equity performers of all cultural backgrounds for the role of Young Tarzan in Tarzan, The Broadway Musical, to be presented by Disney Theatrical Productions. The show will open on May 10th, 2006; previews begin on March 24th.


The open call will be on Monday, November 14th from 2:30 – 5:30 PM at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Street). 


Two-time Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley (Aida, Carousel), will direct and design sets and costumes for Tarzan. Oscar and six-time Grammy Award-winner Phil Collins has written the music and lyrics, expanding his songs for Disney's film into a complete theatre score, and Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) has penned the book. Tarzan is based on the novel, Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Disney film, Tarzan. The show's choreography is by Meryl Tankard, with Aerial Design by Pichon Baldinu (De La Guarda). Lighting design is by Tony Award®-winner Natasha Katz (Aida) and sound design is by John Shivers. Other members of the creative team include Paul Bogaev (music producer/vocal arrangements) and Doug Besterman (orchestrations).


The production is seeking the role of Young Tarzan. "He is a boy approximately 9–12 years of age, with a terrific soprano singing voice. He is sweet, earnest and has a vibrant personality. He must be physical, agile, and fearless. He will do aerial work," state notes for the casting call.


Auditioners should prepare a brief Broadway or pop song showing their vocal range. They should bring sheet music, piano accompaniment will be provided. They should also bring a photo or snapshot. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Those unable to attend should mail photo and resume for future audition consideration to Tarzan Casting, 145 West 28th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


Tarzan will open May 10th, 2006 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.

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