Casting Complete for North Shore Tarzan, Featuring Revised Script by David Henry Hwang

News   Casting Complete for North Shore Tarzan, Featuring Revised Script by David Henry Hwang As previously reported, Brian Justin Crum, whose Broadway credits include Next to Normal, Grease and Wicked, will star in the title role of the North Shore Music Theatre's upcoming production of the Disney musical Tarzan.

Directed by Bill Castellino with choreography by Josh Bergasse, performances are scheduled at the Massachusetts venue for July 12-24.

Crum will be joined by Andrea Goss (Jane Porter), Eric Collins (Clayton), Todd Alan Johnson (Kerchak), Christopher Messina (Terk), Robyn Payne (Kala) and Jay Russell (Professor Porter) with Matthew Bauman, Kristine Bendul, Ven Daniel, Jessica Dillan, Gregory Haney, Sarah Marie Hicks, Vashty Mompoint, Marcus Shane and Drew J. Shuler.  Two local children are also included in the cast, Gloucester resident Jack Favazza as Young Tarzan and Lowell resident Sebastian Hoffman in the ensemble.

The creative team also includes Tim Mackabee (scenic designer), David Neville (lighting designer), Charles Schoonmaker (costume designer),  Keith Levenson (music supervisor), Anne Shuttlesworth (music director), James McCartney and Josh Staines (co-sound designers), Gerard Kelly (wig designer), John Godbout (production stage manager) and Natalie A. Lynch (assistant stage manager). Shawn Duan will design projections, and the flying effects will be provided by ZFX, Inc.

Based on the popular 1999 Disney film and the classic story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan features music and lyrics by Phil Collins and a book by David Henry Hwang.

The North Shore production will feature the debut of a new 14-piece orchestration for the musical. Librettist Hwang is also working through rehearsals to revise the book. "This classic tale unfolds in early 1900’s as a shipwreck leaves an infant orphaned on the West African shore," according to North Shore. "The helpless baby is taken under the protection of a gorilla tribe and becomes part of their family. When he eventually encounters his first human, Jane Porter, both of their worlds transform forever."

For tickets and more information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd.

Brian Justin Crum
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