Photo Flash: First Look at Kevin Carolan, Jeremy Duvall and More in Goodman's THE JUNGLE BOOK
Goodman Theatre's world premiere of The Jungle Book opens on July 1 and, with a second extension week just added, now runs through August 11. Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman reimagines Walt Disney's 1967 animated hit into a wholly original new work for the stage, drawing from both the film as well as Rudyard Kipling's 1894 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle and featuring original Indian-inspired music and dance. As previously announced, 10-year-old Akash Chopra makes his Chicago debut as young "man cub" Mowgli, who comes of age with the help of the anthropomorphic singing and dancing jungle animals; joining him in the role at select performances is Roni Akurati, who most recently appeared at the Goodman as Tiny Tim in the 2011 production of A Christmas Carol. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production shots below! And, check out highlights of the show here!
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.
Tickets to The Jungle Book ($30-$125, discounts available for subscribers, students and military, prices subject to change) are now on sale: visit GoodmanTheatre.org, call312.443.3800 or in-person at the Goodman box office (170 N. Dearborn).
Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Akash Chopra (Mowgli) and Kevin Carolan (Baloo)
Anjali Bhimani (Raksha the Mother Wolf)
Andre De Shields (Akela)
Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Peacock)
Akash Chopra (Mowgli) and Usman Ally (Bagheera)
Andre De Shields (King Louie) and Akash Chopra (Mowgli)