Share your thoughts on The Jungle Book!

Share your thoughts on The Jungle Book!

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 07/03/2013 01:37 PM

The Jungle Book had its official opening night on Monday, and so far we've been overwhelmed by the fantastic audience response! Take a moment to see what patrons of all ages are saying, and if you haven't yet voiced your own thoughts on the show, leave us a comment below.  


  • Posted by: beth krentz at 07/03/2013 03:29 PM
    Saw the show last week and just loved the production. It was hard to hear some of the characters at times and that would be my only criticism. Very cool way of blending the modern day music, set design, and costumes to this classic animated movie. Loved it and am bringing back my husband next week to see the show.
  • Posted by: Tim Murphy at 07/03/2013 03:34 PM
    Wow! I haven't had this much fun at the theatre in a long time. As a five-year Goodman subscriber, Jungle Book makes the short list of Top 5 Productions over 5 Seasons. All I can say is "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
  • Posted by: Joan at 07/03/2013 03:57 PM
    A gorgeous production, but the story's a thin reed on which to hang such beauty. Characters' motivations were not clear. A waste of Zimmerman's genius.
  • Posted by: Karen Tipp at 07/03/2013 03:59 PM
    The show was just wonderful. Even my husband had to admit it was great. He said he wsa very hesitant about going and almost asked me to take someone else. He told me on the way home hs was sooo glad he did not do it. He loved it espcially the older performer and the little boy.
  • Posted by: Karen Kelly at 07/03/2013 05:45 PM
    From the first moment, when the huge, gorgeous peacock (though technically, a peahen) strode into the boy's room, I gasped and knew this would be an astonishing show.....and so it was.....the singing and dancing were wonderful, but even better were the scenes with Mary Zimmerman's sparkling dialog. Someone asked me later how it compares to "Arabian Nights," a touchstone for excellence -- and I had to acknowledge that it is as good as, if not better than, her previous masterpiece. It was a divine experience.
  • Posted by: Alan Berger at 07/03/2013 06:57 PM
    Great rendering of Kipling (& Disney's) Jungle Book. A night at the theatre incomparable to any other. As a work in progress, take critics' suggestions for improvement to heart and this production will go to Broadway and become a classic as did the Lion King.
  • Posted by: Nancy at 07/03/2013 09:46 PM
    I wasn't excited about a play based on a children's book, however, the costumes, music and acting were superior to say the least. Even the floor was unique.There were some (well behaved) children in attendance but the majority were adults who were just as enthralled at the kids were.
  • Posted by: Masoom Ahmed at 07/04/2013 12:22 AM
    I have been a Goodman subscriber to both Albert & Owen for several seasons. Jungle Book rates very high in my rating. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I have recommended the Jungle Book Goodman performance to many.
  • Posted by: Alan J. Feder at 07/04/2013 08:12 AM
    My wife and I have been season ticket holders for many years dating back to many years at the Columbus Drive (Art Institute Location) I found the current production of "Jungle Book" to be a fun rollicking joyous musical for the whole family from young children to aged adults as we have become. The costumes were colorful and the humans as animals were done in such a manner that made it obvious to all what there were and why they acted in the manner they did. The music was happy any boisterous and moved the story line in a brilliant fashion. We both thoroughly enjoyed the production and place it the top five productions that we have seen in over fourty years of Goodman Theater
  • Posted by: J. Oleksy at 07/04/2013 02:09 PM
    Excellent show; cast was terrific! Some of the voices were a bit hard to pick up but that's mikes I assume.
  • Posted by: Hedy at 07/04/2013 07:09 PM
    I loved Jungle Book as a child so I was thrilled to see that they made it into a musical. I brought my greatnieces and nephew to the show as well. Initially, I was not sure if the show would be geared more towards kids or not. I thought it was absolutely fabulous! The set, the costumes, the musicians. Everything was great. What a talented cast! Baloo was just hilarious. The way the panther, monkeys, etc. moved across the stage - very animal-like. This truly is a show for all ages. Kids will love it and if you loved the story as a child, you will not be disappointed. By far the best I've seen at the Goodman. BRAVO!
  • Posted by: gabrielle at 07/05/2013 07:29 PM
    i saw one of the first previews and enjoyed it. it's more of a lookingglass theater than a disney , which is a good thing. i like the sets, lighting and costumes. specially like how indian traditional music was mixed with the american jazz. only critique i can say is i think mowgli needs his own solo song. he has quite a good singing voice from the very short time he sang, why not make use of it more. also i think some parts should be more "silly" like the elephants section. i'm sure the more they perform this, the more the actors will find the comedy in some scenes. also the transition of mowgli from a boy to someone who gets enamored with the little girl is a bit abrupt. the best part for me was the surprise ending that involves baloo. it was quite touching.
  • Posted by: Donna Higgins at 07/06/2013 11:54 AM
    The word is DELIGHTFUL. I smiled through the whole thing until my face hurt. We need something "up" these days, and the Goodman gave it to us with JUNGLE BOOK. Not surprising that there was a standing ovation.
  • Posted by: Helen & John at 07/06/2013 10:58 PM
    As English visitors to Chicago and wanting to see a good musical as part of our vacation we chanced upon this production.....fortune certainly smiled on us ....we absolutely loved it - standing ovation at the end very well deserved we left the show singing and smiling. Balu the bear and the King of the swingers orang-utan were the outstanding brilliant performances but many of the cast were terrific too. THANK YOU GOODMAN THEATRE .
  • Posted by: L.Yamshon at 07/07/2013 12:24 PM
    My husband and I loved the show. However, the young man who played Mogli was inexperienced and the expectations for his part were way over his head. He appeared unable to react and interact with the professional cast members. The direction was wonderful and the musical numbers were memorable.
  • Posted by: Sanamama at 07/07/2013 02:46 PM
    I took my 7-year old granddaughter to see Jungle Book, and I enjoyed it as much as she did. I loved the high energy production, the talented actors and musicians, and the diversity of the cast. The wild animal characters were portrayed in a kid-friendly way which made them non-menacing for children.
  • Posted by: bob greendale at 07/07/2013 04:11 PM
    Was Chris Jones off on his review! What a delightful evening! Doesn't have to be tweaked one bit before Broadway. (too bad Martin Guerre never made it!). Anyway, great integration of traditional Indian instruments and jazz. Loved the musicians coming up on stage. Amazing costumes and scenery. Especially liked the snake. King Louie was fantastic and the whole remaining cast was awesome. And how can I forget Mary Zimmerman, creative as usual. My only regret is that we didn't bring the grandchildren along. May have to see it a second time! Keep up the good work.!
  • Posted by: Mike at 07/08/2013 06:59 AM

    I saw The Jungle Book on Saturday July 6th. The show has a lot to like. The cast and band are excellent. The scenic design is enticing. It is certainly entertaining. I would say that the story needs more focus should this show continue on to other productions. Some new songs need to be written. The show doesnt really take off until Baloo the bear comes on the scene and sings The Bare Necessities. The boy (who is the focus of the story) is overshadowed by all the other colorful characters. He has no solo that tells how he feels about things. Imagine if Dorothy never sang Over the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz. The 'I Wanna Be Like You' number is really fun, but needs to be trimmed. The ending of the number goes on too long and is a bit self indulgent. The tiger needs to be seen more frequently. He appears briefly at the very beginning of act one. The other characters refer to him all the time, but you never see him again until into act two. The finale is very confusing. Is it a curtain call or is it another number? The cast sings in a random order so the audience is confused. Were we supposed to applaud or just let the number play out? With the haphazard order in which the performers appear (principle characters appear before supporting characters) the audience is never clear on if they should be applauding while performers are trying to sing. This is especially problematic as the finale is a new song which has not been heard before so it would be nice to be able to hear the lyrics. All in all, it was an enjoyable production well worth seeing, but I have seen better at the Goodman.

  • Posted by: Bruce Rodman at 07/08/2013 10:46 AM
    What a wonderful show and cast! And I'm happy to include the orchestra and music director Doug Peck in the cast as well. One or two more songs might be a good idea, even if just an (additional) encore. Mowgli with a solo is an interesting idea, and Bhageera never sings during the narrative, although this is probably more of an artistic choice/statement. Shere Khan's demise also seemed a bit sudden - maybe something as simple as added lightning flashes would be helpful. Can't wait until this goes to Broadway - as I'm sure it will - hopefully with the same cast.
  • Posted by: Judith Zwirn at 07/08/2013 11:16 AM
    Saw show Sat., July 6th with my granddaughters, 9 & 6, and not only did they love it but I did too! One of best plays I've seen...set design, costumes, acting, dancing, music, and entire experience! Came home and ordered tix to go again and take my husband, who didn't see a "children's show!" Again, Mary Zimmerman is magical!
  • Posted by: Dan Mauller at 07/08/2013 11:58 AM
    Visually beautiful production, but lacking emotional engagement. Granted, it's a pretty weak book - not much of a narrative arc - but as dazzled as I was by the costumes, I never felt particularly moved by any of it.
  • Posted by: Liz Skrodzki at 07/08/2013 03:41 PM
    Mary Zimmerman and Company = maximum, epic fun. "Monkeyfy the man-cub?" Mary-fy mankind! Jungle Book is a once-in-a-lifetime.
  • Posted by: James Flinn at 07/08/2013 04:10 PM
    This was the most colorful. clever, active, creative, play I have ever seen. The energy of the actors was phenomenal, especially during the monkey scenes. I, with some hearing loss, had no problem following the action and speakers, i.e., the sound was very very good. The scenery was awesome.
  • Posted by: SAS at 07/08/2013 04:23 PM
    This was beautiful! We're coming back to see it again in spite of our ages (believe me, we are not kids) and we're bringing the rest of the family. Wonderfully produced and directed, the acting was excellent and the music and choreography were fantastic. Thanks for the wonderful time!
  • Posted by: Marissa at 07/09/2013 09:05 AM
    Such an exquisite production. The set designers artistry and creativity truly soar in this production. You have managed to blend the British, Indian and Hindi influences in both sight and sound in a way that is visually poetic. You reminded us of where this story was really set and what may have inspired Kipling to write these tales. Kudos to the costume designers and musicians as well for a fantastic job. The cast, as always was phenomenal with special praise for Keith Carolan in the iconic role of Baloo who remains as lovable and hilarious as always. Bravo to all involved!
  • Posted by: Marissa at 07/09/2013 09:11 AM
    I apologize. I meant Kevin Carolan not Keith in my review. He did such a wonderful job and I am so sorry I had his name wrong.
  • Posted by: Nilda Soler at 07/09/2013 04:23 PM
    I saw the show this past Sunday at the matinee performance. I loved the show! The cast was phenomenal and the choreography and costumes were really outstanding. I particularly loved the Indian reconfiguration of the story and music. I just loved Kevin Carolan's Baloo. The whole performance was truly magical. Congratulations on an excellent show!
  • Posted by: Michelle at 07/09/2013 06:30 PM
    Love, love, loved the show!! The sets were gorgeous. The music energized the crowd. The actors were superb. Wish I could return again to relive the magic of the performance!
  • Posted by: Roger at 07/11/2013 01:53 PM
    What "family entertainment" is meant to be! The 10 year old lead is astounding. Gorgeous sets. Great costumes and choreography.
  • Posted by: Ruth at 07/11/2013 10:11 PM
    The show was fantastic! The scenery was beautifully done and the costumes were amazing. They fit the characters quite well. I took my 4 yr. old grandson and he fascinated with the whole show. Great job of mixing India and Disney. Would see the play again!
  • Posted by: June at 07/12/2013 10:42 AM
    What a glorious production, really a privilege to sit in the audience and watch the consummate talent of the performers who knock themselves out. Uplifting sets, costumes, music, a tour de force in many ways. But please give that little boy something to do, say and sing. He drifts around the stage in such a disengaged, unfocused fashion. That pulls so much energy from the show...
  • Posted by: maryAnn Redding at 07/12/2013 01:35 PM

    We have been season ticket holders for about twelve years. There have been so many amazing performances, but this was my favorite of all time. The actor who played Mowgli, Kashmir Chopra, was so adorable,talented and uninhibited on the stage, he stold the show. Although there were so many talented actors in the group it was hard to decide who came in second. This was a home run for the Goodman Theatre and a standing O for Mary Ximmerman; you are brilliant!

  • Posted by: Margo Vizgirda at 07/12/2013 03:01 PM
    I enjoyed the play immensely! CLEVER in every way!
  • Posted by: Diane at 07/13/2013 11:21 AM
    I went into this show with such high expectations, and they were met in terms of musical creativity and visual beauty. However, there is a big gap in the center of the show in the person of Mowgli. I think that either an older actor should have been used, or a more precocious younger child able to understand the world around him and react to it. This Mowgli was like an adorable 5 year old, but we need more to make the story compelling and to see why everyone loves him so much. The adult performers were exceptional, and the choreography exciting and always interesting. Yet the whole thing feels like a series of tableaux, rather than a dramatic narrative.
  • Posted by: Betty Hurder at 07/13/2013 12:28 PM
    I've been a subscriber for three seasons, and I usually am not a fan of musicals. However, this production was absolutely amazing from the talent to the sets, the costumes and the staging. I loved every minute. I usually prefer adult themes in theater, and I was surprised that both kids and adults can totally enjoy the experience of this show.
  • Posted by: Peggy Sullivan at 07/13/2013 02:02 PM
    Energetic and energizing! It was almost as much fun to watch the audience near me for a Thursday matinee as to watch the show itself -- many older people, a little skeptical at first, but entering right into the delight of the music, dancing, etc. I read through the comments above, and thought there was not enough note of the chorus with their right-on dancing, gymnastics, singing, acting, etc. Their reward, of course, was that they had several costumes, while the leads toiled along, for the most part, in whatever they were wearing at first. A nice switch! I think the best thing to do while seeing it and while thinking about it later is to forget that it is based on Kipling, and enjoy it for what it is -- a musical for almost all ages! Kudos to all!
  • Posted by: Karen at 07/13/2013 06:47 PM
    Wow. What a beautiful perfomance. You will be captivated by the sets, actors, and music. What a joy to see. Thank you.
  • Posted by: Jeanne Schwarz at 07/13/2013 09:09 PM
    A real treat for all ages. Visually beautiful, great music, costumes. Needed to remember the Disney connection since there was some rather silly dialogue. So nice to see the children in the audience. At the end there was much enthusiastic applause and everyone left the theater buzzing positive comments.
  • Posted by: Faye Grossman at 07/14/2013 01:49 PM
    The Show was delightful, sets incomparable, but Ajash Chopra was the hit of theshow. How oldis he? I couldnot find out on Google.
  • Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 07/14/2013 04:39 PM
    Hi Faye, Akash Chopra is 10 years old! What a talented kid, right? Gabriela New Media Manager Goodman Theatre
  • Posted by: Eileen at 07/15/2013 04:54 PM
    Loved the show! The characters were performed so creatively and believable! The cast was fabulous! The set was wonderful! My favorite of the Zimmerman plays and one of the tops on the Goodman stage! I still feel so enthusiastic about it! A must see. I'd love to go back and take my grandson! Although he was darling and excellent, Akash Chopra seemed a bit tired last night. I've been a long time subscriber.
  • Posted by: Connie at 07/15/2013 08:10 PM
    Thoroughly enjoyed the performance, cast, set design, costumes, lighting, music....everything! One of the best shows I have seen in my years as a subscriber. So refreshing to leave the theatre with a smile on my face and the urge to have everyone I know see it - kids and adults alike! What a great season this was as a ticket holder! A great show to end on,Thank you! Looking forward to next season!
  • Posted by: Helen Massey at 07/15/2013 10:29 PM
    A visual feast rivaled only by the high energy choreography and engaging music, I found the performance wildly entertaining. Hats off to the cast, crew, and of course Mary Zimmerman. Well done!
  • Posted by: Rev. Glen A. Halbd at 07/16/2013 10:55 AM
    It is apparent that now Goodman wants more "popular" productions. The masses, as expected, cry,"More! More!" I believe that we have signed up for next year's season in spite of the inclusion of the "oldie, but goodie" Brigadoon. What is happening to the cutting edge exciting productions at Goodman. Even the flops were worthwhile for their effort! We will see how it goes for one more season. If our worst fears are met then we will subscribe to Steppenwolf. We can't afford both. We will also encourage the couple we go to the theatre with to make the change. I understand if Goodman must lower their sights to make more money, but it's too bad.
  • Posted by: Cece at 07/16/2013 12:01 PM
    All around Wonderful performance!! My family and I enjoyed it so much. Great way to end our Chicago trip. Bravo Bravo!!!
  • Posted by: Diane at 07/17/2013 10:51 AM
    A fabulous show! We loved everything about it! In fact I've never seen my husband enjoy a show more. The music, staging, choreography, costumes, and performers were all marvelous.
  • Posted by: cheryl Moran at 07/19/2013 08:13 AM
    Oh my goodness. Best ever. Brought my niece who is acting in high school and she was in awe. Seeing productions at the Goodman has been the best investment. Anxious for the new season.
  • Posted by: Barbara W Wilson at 07/19/2013 10:45 AM
    Excellent - over the top! Best thing I've seen at Goodman. Wonderful sets, lighting, outstanding dancing & choreography, fantastic sets and costumes. The Jazz, American pop, Indian music combo was great to hear and excellently performed. King Louis musical performance exceptional. Loved every minute. Child actor unbelievably good. Should go to Broadway with same singers and dancers.
  • Posted by: Betty Miller at 07/19/2013 08:11 PM
    Just saw the Thursday matinee on 7/18. I've seen a lot of musicals in my time & this production was outstanding. So much talent. But Carolan, Chopra, & De Shields were exceptional. The mix of India music & Jazz was pure genius. What an enjoyable afternoon at the theatre. The cast got a well deserved standing ovation.
  • Posted by: Marie Boggess at 07/19/2013 02:05 PM
    Enjoyed "Jungle Book" so all the laughter I know all the youngsters did too. The costumes, scenery, the sets...and where did you find those fabulous talented actors. Thanks again Mary Zimmerman for a wonderful theatre experience...and thank you Goodman for running this great production!
  • Posted by: Pat Naparsteck at 07/20/2013 11:16 AM

    One of the most memorable Goodman productions in 13 years as a subscriber! Exceeded all expectations after reading the Tribune's review. The set design is bold and captivating, an integral part of the performance. The actors were incredibly adept and full of energy. Left the theater bursting with happy feelings! Thank you Mary Zimmerman!

  • Posted by: John Ray at 07/20/2013 05:20 PM
    We attended Goodman Theatre’s production of The Jungle Book on July 13 at 8pm and were extremely pleased with this wonderful production. The creativity, colorful staging and costumes, lively music and great songs sung by great artist/actors were refined to perfection to stimulate all the senses of everyone in the audience. The five of us had perfect seats in the first (2 in AA) and second (3 in BB) rows of the mezzanine balcony. Although those seats weren’t available for the matinees but our 5 year old Grand-daughter from Russia enjoyed everything, especially the music and songs, so much so she attracted the attention of all those around us towards the end when she couldn’t control her feelings for the music any longer and began moving to the rhythms and dancing at her seat. When all the actors on stage did their final bows she too made a grand bow back to the wonderful cast of this wonderful production. As we started to leave, all those around us that saw her dance complimented her as we left. Merry Zimmerman deserves only the highest accolades for this superb production of The Jungle Book. -John Ray of Schaumburg-
  • Posted by: William kroll at 07/21/2013 07:14 PM
    An absolutely lovely production. Mary Zimmerman does her magic again.
  • Posted by: Peggy S at 07/22/2013 10:44 AM
    Bought Tickets as a birthday gift to a 5 year old nephew. He, his 7 and 9 year old brothers enjoyed it. His Mom said it was awesome! It made a great Sunday afternoon celebration. Thank you Goodman Theatre.
  • Posted by: Sandra Reed at 07/22/2013 12:30 PM
    4 hours ago · On Sunday, I saw the musical production The Jungle Book. This was an outstanding stage production from the actors, orchestra to the music (sounds of Dixieland and India) and set, lighting, and costume design. This show had elements of The Lion King and The Wiz. The director Mary Zimmerman knows how to captivate the audience with her ingenious imagination. Look out Broadway, this show is on fire and headed your way!
  • Posted by: Dorothy at 07/22/2013 12:37 PM
    I smiled throughout the entire performance! Every element of this play was beautifully orchestrated! Truly an absolutely feel-good theatrical production! Kudos to the cast, director, orchestra, and everyone involved in this memorable show!
  • Posted by: Richard Brown at 07/25/2013 12:38 AM
    Show was good. Brought my girlfriend and her two sons. Unfortunately, had to spend extra $100 on fleece and t-shirts while at show. We all froze our butts off entire show. Even if its 90 degrees out...always wear long pants and jackets to Goodman!
  • Posted by: Grier Davis at 07/25/2013 10:39 AM
    My wife & I are fans of Mary Zimmerman, but this was not her best work. She might have done better to skip Disney & go back to Kipling. Beautiful sets & costumes, but minimal plot & characterization. Minor irritation: the parking lot that was advertized in the material with the tickets as costing $14, now costs $18. I advise changing your material to avoid incorrect expectations for the theater patrons.
  • Posted by: KRabun at 07/25/2013 11:16 AM
    Extremely well directed play. Scenery, especially the floor, was visually gorgeous. Akash Chopra, for his young age, stole the show with his innocence. De SHields was PERFECTY cast..Some songs/dialogue were hard to understand as they were overshadowed by the music.(easy to correct). Adults as well as children were singing and tapping thier feet. Everyone left with such a happy, upbeat mood. Thanks so much. I thought the ending was little confusing.Wasn't sure if this was the end or just anothre number. Actors sang in no order or rather out of order. Needs to be smoothed out so key players are recognized for their final curtain call.I would see it again!
  • Posted by: John Fogel at 07/25/2013 11:23 AM
    I thought the production was entertaining, visually stimulating, fun and funny. I left feeling better than I went in. Interesting mix of music, costumes, and character adaptation. Making and producing this production must've been a difficult endeavor, and we were told that a lot of it just evolved! The bear and the wolf pack leader definitely rocked and the rest of the cast was equally energetic and played their multiple parts well indeed. Made me think, this would look a little like if Cirque did a production of the Jungle Book (which I think they should). I'd recommend to anyone for an enjoyable, uplifting, fun, theater experience.
  • Posted by: Gary Sinclair at 07/25/2013 11:34 AM
    Jungle Book was fabulous. The rousing score, fleet footed dancers, rousing singers and outstanding musicians made this the best show I have seen at the Goodman. Bring more shows like this to the Goodman
  • Posted by: Ann Beran Jones and David Bebb Jones at 07/25/2013 05:11 PM
    Jungle Book was charming and creative telling of a timeless story about coming of age. The portrayal of the animals was captivating. The vivid sets provided a wonderful jungle atmosphere. The touches of Indian music and costumes added immensely. Ten year old Mowgli was fantastic!
  • Posted by: Lynda Majewski at 07/27/2013 08:30 AM
    What a joyous night.. brought our 7yr old and 5 yr old grand daughters.. they were attentive thru the entire play. We were at the 8pm performance and usually close to bedtime.. but they were awake and enjoyed every minute to the end.. Wonderful.. congrats on one of the best shows we have experienced..
  • Posted by: Eric Sutz at 07/27/2013 02:48 PM
    A really terrific production. Very creative costumes, sets, musical arrangments, and coreography. I would recommend this show highly!
  • Posted by: Philip Halladay at 07/28/2013 09:53 AM
    Overall I enjoyed this production. I felt that the beginning moved Very slow... Andre DeShields is a force! Sets, Lighting and Costumes were great. I felt that there was a disconnect in the story - it didn't flow. The blending of musical styles worked very well. Well done Goodman Theatre!
  • Posted by: Bari at 07/28/2013 10:45 AM
    Outstanding. Saw the play July 27 and felt every scene was terrific. The actors truly captured the feeling of each animal. Costumes and scenery were delightful. The animated film was my favorite and this play brought back wonderful childhood memories. I recommend this play to everyone. Young and old alike. Always enjoy musical productions and hope the Goodman continues to do at least one a season! Left the play singing, smiling and feeling happy!
  • Posted by: Marion and Chuck Kierscht at 07/28/2013 05:24 PM
    What an absolute delight! It was superbly well done visually, choreographically, and musically. Seeing the musicians coming up from the orchestra pit interacting with the cast added another element to the production which had us enthralled from the second we saw Akash Chopra. We were charmed by Mowgli and the entire cast which were top notch. We read the "Notes" which gave us a greater appreciation for this production. Mary Zimmerman did a brilliant job. Many thanks for an uplifting evening, one where the audience could leave cares behind and head for home smiling.
  • Posted by: Robert Lach at 07/28/2013 09:19 PM
    I LOVE you people and want you to WIN with this one! First, I found the music sumptuous, luscious, and delicious. The opening and closing scenes are so magical I am getting chills while typing as I recall them. The opportunity for improvement exists, however, within enhanced costuming that will more completely transform the human actors in to their bestial counterparts. Something similar to the costuming in "Cats" I believe would work. The baby Mowgli puppet may need refinement, maybe even an animatronic counterpart! I felt compassion and support for the actors attempting to give life to the puppet. Bravi, Lovely Ones!!
  • Posted by: Beth at 07/29/2013 09:58 AM
    So incredibly beautiful and creative- a Zimmerman MASTERPIECE! From the scenery to the costumes to the voices, The Jungle Book was one of the best productions that I've seen from Goodman. The show was uplifting, and the cast was aboslutely invested in every single moment. The beloved characters came to life with vibrant colors. I feel lucky to have been able to be in the audience for this magical musical. THANK YOU CHICAGO THEATRE!
  • Posted by: Joanna Halinski at 07/29/2013 11:23 AM

    Absolutely Amazing! This interpretation was phenomenel; from the surprising opening - the mancub in an easy chair, to the hypnotic snake eyes~different sized/colored balls rolling/spinning about HAD ME MESMERIZED! The most beautiful and authentic aspect was the injection of Indian culture; with the beautiful sitar and intricate costume designs. Everything was wonderful. Mary Zimmerman a genius. My three sons & I tried to come up with our favorite scene and it was truly tough to decide; between The Great King Louie and all of his hot happening jazz & flipping monkey's (not to mention poor Mowgli being flipped about - done perfectly well) and the Trumpeting Elephants and the beautiful Vultures (who I never thought I would think to be beautiful). The Jungle Book was worth every penny of my savings as a single mother. I am certain that this experience will leave a lasting impression on my three young boys; 8, 6 & 3. My three year old was so taken by it all - he was quiet throughout the whole performance. NOW, that says a lot!!!

  • Posted by: Guita Griffiths at 07/31/2013 07:10 PM
    Fantastic!! Our kids (8 and 9) loved every minute. There are few productions which appeal so strongly to both parents and kids. The choreography, costumes and gorgeous indian music was wonderful. The actors across the board were terrific - Baloo, Bagheera, Ka and Shere Khan were especially strong. Extra shout out to the actor playing Baloo - you nailed it and brought incredible energy to the production. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!! Thank you!
  • Posted by: isaac at 08/01/2013 10:47 AM
    Wow its great!it didn't go like movie but it was awesome.
  • Posted by: Cynthia Olson at 08/04/2013 11:07 AM
    I took my 9 and 12yr. old granddaughters to see the show and they had a one word, one gesture critique.... AWESOME and a thumbs up...I could not have said it better! I would add visually stunning to it.....They were riveted to the stage the whole time. Today at home, they are acting out the roles.
  • Posted by: Carla at 08/05/2013 02:18 AM
    Enjoyed immensely by my 15 year old daughter and me. The singing was awesome as well as the creative stage design and costumes. It was truly imaginative and funny. We enjoyed the abbreviated version of the story which still delivered a message that was quite captivating, reaching through to one's heart and spirit. Bravo!
  • Posted by: Amanda Neitzel at 08/05/2013 11:01 AM
    Just saw the Jungle book Musical yesterday and I have to say the show was Amazing! Beautiful costumes, awesome stage props and the music was great too!! There was some funny parts in there that made the show even better!I would see it again!! Adults and kids would really enjoy it!! :)) plus the Goodman Theatre is the perfect size and every seat has a great view!!! So worth the money. I highly recommend it!! Go see it!
  • Posted by: Susan at 08/05/2013 11:08 AM
    This production proves why on the big movie screen we call it "special effects" and in the theater it's called "magic!" Sets, costumes, props, and lighting transported us to the jungle. The characters were brought to life by fine acting and voices, INCREDIBLE music (with the additon of the musicians brought on stage) and lots of energy. IMHO King Louie and the monkeys stole the show - with the vultures coming in a close second!
  • Posted by: Susan at 08/05/2013 11:08 AM
    This production proves why on the big movie screen we call it "special effects" and in the theater it's called "magic!" Sets, costumes, props, and lighting transported us to the jungle. The characters were brought to life by fine acting and voices, INCREDIBLE music (with the additon of the musicians brought on stage) and lots of energy. IMHO King Louie and the monkeys stole the show - with the vultures coming in a close second!
  • Posted by: Pat at 08/05/2013 03:48 PM
    Saw the show Friday. Told my friends to see it and would love to see it again if it makes a return appearance. Is there a cast recording? ... because there should be! Thanks for a great evening!
  • Posted by: Mary at 08/05/2013 07:01 PM

    Saw this magical production yesterday afternoon with my darling niece/goddaughter and my sister. We were all in awe of the cast, characters, sets, and music. Don't know when we have been so moved with laughter, wonder and tears. Truly a credit to Mary Zimmermans creativity. Thank you Goodman for a wonderful afternoon.

  • Posted by: Karen at 08/06/2013 08:00 AM
    Wonderful! Doug Peck is magical! We loved the creative musical blends and the costumes were absolutely lovely. Can't wait to see it on Broadway!
  • Posted by: Laura at 08/07/2013 10:50 AM
    I found the show to be very entertaining, colorful scenery, and talented actors. I was, however, surprised that the loud music overpowered the singers so that it was difficult to understand the words they were singing.
  • Posted by: Roetta Collins at 08/07/2013 11:37 AM
    Thank you to the entire cast, crew and orchestra - The Jungle Book rocked the house last night! Hope to see you all on Broadway very soon!
  • Posted by: Barb at 08/07/2013 08:55 PM
    Just saw The Jungle Book last night. My first Mary Zimmerman show. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved the costumes, the set, the staging, the actors. My first time at the Goodman Theatre. It was smaller than I thought it would be. I liked the intimate feel. I'll definitely be back. The only thing I didn't like was having to pay $35 for parking for less than 3 hours in the parking space.
  • Posted by: Martha at 08/08/2013 10:10 PM
    This is our third Mary Zimmerman show, and we enjoyed much of it, but felt it was the least successful of the three. The integration of cultures and in particular the music, were beautifully done. The lyrics in the song done by the elephants were roughly 50% unintelligible, and we felt the reprise was the same. If the show were to be made shorter, the elephants were visually appealing but slowed things down. The Wed. PM performance reflected a lack of engagement on the part of Mowgli, but I fear this is a reflection of the small amount he is given to do in addition to what seemed to be low energy. The music was stunning, and bringing the musicians onstage was brilliant. The book was a little sparse for our tastes, but we feel Zimmerman was held back by the decision to appeal to children as well as adults. Plumbing the original source material would have been more interesting to us. The Andre DeShields number seemed overstaged, and "The Bare Necessities" seemed understaged. I hope this is helpful.
  • Posted by: Sondra at 08/09/2013 11:12 AM
    What a fantastic performance!Music was magnificent! Equally enjoyed by both myself and my 7yr old. son. He wished the monkey costumes were a bit more detailed as he felt they looked more like Lions. I did feel the main character costumes left a bit more to be desired as I expected to see something that looked more like a panther but we understood the concept. Overall, we loved it~ King Louie and Baloo performances were off the charts!!!!!! Left us moving in our seats!!!
  • Posted by: Janice V. Nowak at 08/09/2013 09:54 PM
    A fantastic evening was shared with my 3 grandchildren, my son, and a friend. I am urging the remainder of my family to see this incredible joyous production. Thank you for Jungle Book. We want to see it again. A PERFECT PRODUCTION!
  • Posted by: Phyllis at 08/11/2013 07:20 PM
    So glad we went to see Richard Sherman when he was in town. We enjoyed listening to him which encouraged us to go see Jungle Book. It is a great production - great set design, costumes and actors. We especially like Baloo and the King - we don't think anyone else could fill their shoes. We met Baloo in the lobby at the Richard Sherman presentation and couldn't wait to see him in the Jungle Book. He was great!!
  • Posted by: Rev. C Jones at 08/11/2013 10:12 PM
    Great production! Special thanks to Chris and the rest of great house staff!!!!
  • Posted by: Laurel at 08/12/2013 08:38 AM
    The Jungle Book was fantastic! Experiencing one of my favorite childhood Disney films so artistically portrayed was magical. It had just the right mix of staying true to Disney while highlighting different culture, dance and music styles. It deserves a very long and successful run for all to see!
  • Posted by: Traycee at 08/12/2013 10:57 AM
    My second time attending a performance at the Goodman and I absolutely loved it! Brought my husband and two kids and we were all entertained through the entire performance. Great stage, costumes, music, and most impressionable, absolutely talented actors! Our favorite was Baloo, but all were exceptional! I can't wait to see another production at the Goodman as I have yet to be disappointed!!!!
  • Posted by: Sandra Osis at 08/13/2013 12:12 PM
    My husband and I are enthusiastic playgoers. Last Sunday we finally made it to Jungle Book. It was an uplifting, fun, delightful experience. Everything was perfect: the sets, costumes, music, dance numbers, and especially the cast. They were a joy to watch. The Goodman should make this play a tradition, say every three years, a bit like Christmas Carol. I am sure it will continue to be a money maker.
  • Posted by: Sandra Osis at 08/13/2013 12:14 PM
    PS. We LOVED the monkeys!!!
  • Posted by: Louise and Bob DESPRES at 08/15/2013 10:32 AM
    excellent show-choreography, music, scenery, costumes, and excitement were superb; why not take it to Broadway??? I'll bet that you could find funding for such a terrific show.
  • Posted by: Jean Scott at 08/15/2013 10:50 AM
    The Jungle Book is obviously an extremely demanding physical production and I was very impressed with the actors' strong, vibrant performances, especially Andre De Shields, Kevin Carolan, and Larry Yando. The musicians were also fantastic and the Indian music enchanting, though the songs weren't worthy of all this talent and beautiful visuals. The show should be a little shorter: there was a strong first act, but outside of Andre De Shields and some dance numbers, the storyline in most of the second act didn't hold my interest. The stakes didn’t seem that high and it seemed long. The second act seemed to want more Kipling and less Disney to give it more punch and vigor.
  • Posted by: Haritha K at 08/16/2013 10:39 AM
    Mind an understatement for the talent that burst onto the stage last night. We came as a family of 5, all ardent fans of The Jungle Book. We thought nothing could beat the Disney cartoon but we left the theatre with tears of joy & wonder in our eyes. To bring Rudyard Kipling's book to life in this manner is a sight for the sore eyes. Kudos to each and every one of the actors (on stage & backstage). You guys are blessed with a talent beyond imagination. I could keep watching this musical for the rest of my life with the same excitement! Hope you all make it BIG!
  • Posted by: Susan Oppenheimer at 08/17/2013 02:35 PM
    Simply delightful. Terrific performances. Beats Book of Mormon in my book. Andre DeShields was great. Congratulations! On to Broadway
  • Posted by: Barbara Glazier at 08/18/2013 11:49 AM
    The Jungle Book in one word. TERRIFIC! Absolutely the best thing I've seen all year. It it doesn't go to Broadway, an awful lot of people will miss a delightful experience. It is so creative. So well acted. Songs, music, dancing are wonderful. Costumes - just right. I'm so glad I have a subscription to Goodman. Everyone should see it: Parents, Grandparent, young kids, teens, everbody.
  • Posted by: Roz & Bernie Ebstein at 08/18/2013 02:03 PM
    A wonderful show. Great acting and fabulous energy. We liked it so much on Thursday that we got Saturday tickets for our kids and grandchildren. They too thought it was great. Mary Zimmerman's creative adaptation deserves to be on Broadway. Roz and Bernie
  • Posted by: Leigh Crowley at 08/19/2013 10:45 AM

    Wow! I go to a lot of theatrical productions both here in Chicago and in NYC and I thoroughly enjoyed last night's production of the Jungle Book! The sets and costumes were wonderful and making the musicians part of the show was a great touch. All of the lead actors were perfectly cast. I am only sorry that that last evening was the last show because I would have loved to bring my daughter back to see it!

  • Posted by: Janeen Sanders at 08/19/2013 11:33 AM
    The Jungle Book was visually stunning and the music was outstanding! We wouldn't hesitate to see this wonderful production again and bring more of our family and friends.
  • Posted by: David Woodcock at 08/19/2013 12:07 PM
    We saw it as part of our subscription and enjoyed it so much we saw it again Sunday night and brought 6 more people with us!
  • Posted by: Lorie Herrera at 09/03/2013 11:57 AM
    I took my ten year old son to see this show early in its run. He and I were both thrilled and wanted to see it again. The music was lively, the costuming was creative and the lead actors were perfectly cast. The best compliment I can give this production is that my son has an artist's soul but tends to feel the need to follow behind his jock older brother. He left The Jungle Book and told me "mom, I want to be in the theater" Thank you for helping my son find his own rhythm and beat!

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