<em>The Jungle Book</em>

The Jungle Book
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June 21 - August 18, 2013 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

  • Goodman’s enchanting Jungle Book delights the ears and eyes”— Daily Herald
  • Ever-surprising, winningly whimsical show”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • With eye-filling allure”— New York Times
  • A colorful, musically vibrant, family friendly show”— Variety
  • The Sherman brothers’ brilliant songs have never sounded better than they do in this production”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Zimmerman has the sensibility of a stage poet”— New York Times
  • Breathlessly entertaining”— Daily Herald
  • Classy, sophisticated, visually beautiful”— Chicago Tribune
  • The music reigns supreme”— Time Out Chicago
  • Charming”— New York Times
  • Magically finessed by music director Doug Peck and his orchestra.”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Andre DeShields…stops the show with his irrepressible performance of ‘I Wanna Be Like You’”— Daily Herald
  • Sensual and gorgeous”— Chicago Tribune
  • How will Zimmerman and company top this?”— Daily Herald

The jungle springs to life in a music-filled spectacle that chronicles young Mowgli’s adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Based both on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored children’s tales and the classic Disney film—and with a score featuring the movie’s best-loved songs and original Indian-inspired music and dance—this spellbinding world premiere is the theatrical event of the season. 

Produced in Association with Huntington Theatre Company

  • The Making of The Jungle Book
    Go behind the scenes of Mary Zimmerman's latest creation with the cast and crew of The Jungle Book

  • Audiences say Jungle Book is a must-see!
    Adults and children alike love The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Workshop | February 2013
    In February 2013, The Jungle Book Director/Adapter Mary Zimmerman and Music Director Doug Peck held a music workshop which united six Chicago swing/jazz musicians with six Indian instrumentalists to fuse songs to create a sound unique to this production. The legendary Academy Award winner Richard Sherman is collaborating on this production, providing access and permission to adapt beloved songs that Sherman and his brother, Robert, wrote for the film—as well as unused songs written for the film, plus new lyrics written for this production.

  • Mary Zimmerman on the Music of The Jungle Book
    Mary Zimmerman discusses the musical inspiration behind her re-imagining of The Jungle Book

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  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    Akash Chopra (Mowgli) and Kevin Carolan (Baloo) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    Anjali Bhimani (Raksha the Mother Wolf) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    André De Shields (King Louie) and Akash Chopra (Mowgli) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    Akash Chopra (Mowgli) and Usman Ally (Bagheera) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    Thomas Derrah (Kaa) and Larry Yando (Shere Khan) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    (front row, from left to right) Monique Haley (Elephant), Akash Chopra (Mowgli), Ed Kross (Colonel Hathi), and Anjali Bhimani (Baby Elephant) with the rest of Colonel Hathi’s elephant army in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Peacock) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    (from left to right) Vultures Govind Kumar, Ed Kross, Nehal Joshi, and Geoff Packard in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    André de Shields (Akela) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Production Photos
    (from left to right) Timothy Wilson (Wolf), Monique Haley (Insect), and Jeremy Duvall (Insect) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    Adaptor/Director Mary Zimmerman in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Composer Richard M. Sherman and Music Director Doug Peck in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Adaptor/Director Mary Zimmerman, Composer Richard M. Sherman and Choreographer Christopher Gattelli in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    Music Director Doug Peck in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): André De Shields (King Louie) and Adaptor/Director Mary Zimmerman in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    Larry Yando (Shere Khan) in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    Usman Ally (Bagheera) in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    Akash Chopra (Mowgli) pals around with a backstage buddy during his break in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos
    Choreographer Christopher Gattelli directs Victor Wisehart (Ensemble) in rehearsal for the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Jungle Book.

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  • Jul 03 2013
    Share your thoughts on The Jungle Book!  

    Share your thoughts on The Jungle Book!

    The Jungle Book opened this Monday, and we have been overwhelmed by the great response from our audiences. Take a moment to see what patrons of all ages have been saying, and if you have not yet had a chance to voice your thoughts on the show, feel free to leave a comment. 

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  • Jul 02 2013
    In the Jungle: Tim Wilson  

    In the Jungle: Tim Wilson

    This week we sat down with Tim Wilson to find out more about his Jungle Book experience so far. Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. 

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  • Jun 28 2013
    Conductor's Reports: Part 2  

    Conductor's Reports: Part 2

    Hello and welcome to Conductor’s Reports, the second in a series of blogs from Doug Peck, The Jungle Book's music supervisor, musical adaptor, arranger and orchestrator. 

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  • Jun 26 2013
    In the Jungle: Alka Nayyar  

    In the Jungle: Alka Nayyar

    Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. Check back weekly for new posts, and if you haven’t already, buy your tickets to The Jungle Book now, before it’s sold out! 

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  • Jun 21 2013
    Conductor's Reports: Part 1  

    Conductor's Reports: Part 1

    Hello and welcome to Conductor’s Reports, the first in a series of blogs from Doug Peck, The Jungle Book's music supervisor, musical adaptor, arranger and orchestrator. 

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  • Jun 21 2013
    In the Jungle: Nehal Joshi  

    In the Jungle: Nehal Joshi

    Jungle Book

    Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. Check back weekly for new posts, and if you haven’t already, buy your tickets to The Jungle Book now, before it’s sold out! 

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  • Jun 18 2013
    Making the Jungle Sing and Dance  

    Making the Jungle Sing and Dance

    One of the most noticeable ways you’ll see Indian art represented in The Jungle Book is through movement. The story of The Jungle Book unfolds in the jungles of India, and as part of their commitment to bring authentic Indian dance into the production, Mary Zimmerman invited Chicago’s Natya Dance Theatre artistic director Hema Rajagopalan to be part of the creative team.

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  • Jun 13 2013
    Inside the Jungle with Usman Ally  

    Inside the Jungle with Usman Ally

    2012/13 Season, Jungle Book, Zimmerman

    Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. We recently spoke to Usman Ally, who plays Bagheera.

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  • Jun 11 2013
    Inside the Jungle with Kevin Carolan  

    Inside the Jungle with Kevin Carolan

    2012/13 Season, Jungle Book

    Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. First up: Kevin Carolan who plays Baloo. Check back for new posts weekly, and if you haven’t already, buy your tickets to The Jungle Book now, before it’s sold out! 

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  • May 21 2012
    The Jungle Book Photo Album  

    The Jungle Book Photo Album

    2012/13 Season, India, Jungle Book, Zimmerman

    To gain a sense of the sights and sounds that inspired Kipling to create these wild, wonderful stories, Mary and her design team traveled to India last December; she was kind enough to let us share a few photos of their travels with you.

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"PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: In the Jungle: A Two-Show Day with The Jungle Book's Elegant Peacock, Nikka Graff Lanzarone" —Playbill | 8/7/13

REVIEW: "Indian Music Meets Jazz in Kipling's Wild World" —New York Times | 8/6/13

"Music director travels the world to find sounds for The Jungle Book" —WBEZ | 8/2/13

"Dancing with Pythons: Creating Kaa in The Jungle Book" —Theatre in Chicago | July 2013

"Stars from the Hit Musical The Jungle Book on WCL" —Windy City Live | 7/22/13

"The Wild Child" —The Indian Express | 7/22/13

"Jungle Book Disney's Next Big Broadway Hit?" —Variety | 7/19/13

"Andre De Shields' road to King Louie" —Chicago Tribune | 7/17/13

"Cultural Connections: The Jungle Book" —WTTW | 7/11/13

"Conversation with Richard M. Sherman" —Comcast Newsmakers | July 2013

"All the country's a stage this summer" —USA Today | 7/08/13

"Legendary Disney songwriter Richard Sherman comes to WGN" —WGN | 7/03/13

"Doug Peck helps Jungle Book swing" —Windy City Times | 7/02/13

Review: "Goodman Theatre’s Jungle Book a wonderful new musical" —Chicago Sun-Times | 7/01/13

"Animal Instincts: Goodman's exciting world premiere of new stage musical Jungle Book a Chicago first" —Shore Magazine | 6/27/13

"Nunn on One: Andre De Shields navigates the theater Jungle" —Windy City Times | 6/26/13

"The Jungle Book Comes to the Stage" —The New York Times | 6/20/13

"Goodman Theatre, Disney unite for stage version of The Jungle Book" —Chicago Sun-Times | 6/19/13

"Ada Grey Interviews for You: Akash Chopra" —Ada Grey Reviews for You | 6/17/13

"André De Shields Stars in The Jungle Book" —JET | 6/17/13

"Podcast: Usman Ally" —Theatre in Chicago | 6/17/13

"The Jungle Book at Goodman Theatre: When Mary met Walt (and Rudyard)" —Chicago Tribune | 6/14/13

"The Jungle Book at Goodman Theatre" —Michigan Avenue | June 2013

"EMMY Award Winning Choreographer Hema Rajagopalan Reflects on Mary Zimmerman’s Production of The Jungle Book at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre" —Natya Dance Theatre News | 6/10/13

"Legendary Disney composer Richard Sherman" —WGN Radio | 6/09/13

"Anjali Bhimani on The Jungle Book's Indian Flair" —Brown Girl Magazine | June 2013

"Anjali Bhimani in Zimmerman's Jungle Book" —India West | 5/20/13

"The Jungle Book Musical Born From Chicago-Bred Creative Dream Team" —DNAinfo | 5/16/13

"Here’s How Mary Zimmerman Created Goodman Theatre’s The Jungle Book" —Chicago Magazine | June 2013 Issue

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