Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More Celebrate Huntington's JUNGLE BOOK Opening

Huntington Theatre Company just extended the run of its world premiere adaptation of The Jungle Book - the final performance will now be Sunday, October 20. The production officially opened on September 18 at the Huntington's mainstage, the Boston University Theatre. BroadwayWorld has photos of the stars on opening night below!

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 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.

Tickets to all performances are now available online at Tickets are also available by phone at 617 266 0800 and in person at the BU Theatre (Avenue of the Arts / 264 Huntington Avenue) and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (South End / 527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets to The Jungle Book start at $25, with prices ranging to $135 (subject to change). Selected discounts are available. Check for performances with the best availability.

Photo Credit: Lia Chang

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Richard M. Sherman (Original Music and Lyrics) and Andre De Shields (Akela & King Louie)

Larry Yando (Shere Khan), Mary Zimmerman (Book & direction), Andre De Shields (Akela & King Louie), Anjali Bhimani (Raksha, Mother Wolf)

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