Rob Evan to Join Disney's Tarzan

News   Rob Evan to Join Disney's Tarzan Broadway regular Rob Evan will step into the role of Kerchak in the Broadway production of Tarzan this spring.
Rob Evan
Rob Evan

Playbill.com has learned that Evan will temporarily replace Tony winner Shuler Hensley, who created the role in the Disney musical, while Hensley appears in the Westport Country Playhouse's production of Kander and Ebb's All About Us. The latter will run April 10-28.

Evan will be part of the Tarzan company March 28-May 6, according to a production spokesperson.

On Broadway Rob Evan has been seen in Little Shop of Horrors, Dance of the Vampires, Jekyll & Hyde and Les Misérables and Off-Broadway in Johnny Guitar and The Prince and the Pauper. Evans' tour credits include Les Miz, Jekyll & Hyde and Hello, Dolly! A former UGA football player, Evan has appeared on ABC-TV's "All My Children," and his recordings include "Jekyll & Hyde," "The Civil War," "Cyrano," "The Broadway Musicals of 1940," "The Prince and the Pauper" and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's third Christmas album.

Tarzan — directed by Bob Crowley — plays Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it opened May, 10, 2006. The musical features a score by Phil Collins. Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang wrote the musical's book based on both the Disney film and the original Edgar Rice Burroughs story "Tarzan of the Apes." The creative team also includes Meryl Tankard (choreography), Pichón Baldinu (aerial design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), John Shivers (sound design), Paul Bogaev (music producer/vocal arrangements) and Doug Besterman (orchestrations).

Tarzan, according to press notes, begins as "a shipwreck leaves an infant orphaned on the West African 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, a curious young explorer — both their worlds are transformed forever." The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located in Manhattan at 226 West 46th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.