Tarzan is a brand-new and lavishly outfitted production of the familiar tale courtesy of Disney Theatrical Productions. There‘ll be a definite star quality in the production, which expands on Disney’s 1999 animated film.
The director (and designer of scenery and costumes) is multiple Tony-winner Bob Crowley, of “Aida” and “Carousel” fame.
Perennial Grammy winner and durable superstar Phil Collins wrote the music and lyrics, and the book is by another Tony Winner, David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly”). Meryl Tankard designed the choreography. The story? Naturally, it’s based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs book: The bronzed and brawny Tarzan was raised by apes, and is human in appearance only.
He meets and falls in love with the lovely, vulnerable Jane, who is accompanying her father on a trip to Africa to search for gorillas. It’s one of the most unusual love stories in all of literature. On Broadway, Josh Strickland stars as Tarzan and Jenn Gambatese as Jane. The cast also features Merle Dandridge, Kala Shuler Hensley and Chester Gregory II.