North Shore Tarzan, Featuring Revised Script by David Henry Hwang, Begins July 12

By Andrew Gans
12 Jul 2011

Brian Justin Crum, whose Broadway credits include Next to Normal, Grease and Wicked, stars in the title role of the North Shore Music Theatre's production of the Disney musical Tarzan, which begins its limited engagement July 12.



Directed by Bill Castellino, with choreography by Josh Bergasse, performances are scheduled to continue at the Massachusetts venue through July 24.

Crum is joined by Andrea Goss (as 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, David Jiles, Olivia Miller, Vasthy Mompoint, Alex Newell, Marcus Shane and Drew J. Shuler. Two local children are also included in the cast: Gloucester resident Giacomo 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), Michael A. King (makeup designer), John Godbout (production stage manager) and Natalie A. Lynch (assistant stage manager). Shawn Duan designed the projections, and the flying effects are 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 features the debut of a new 14-piece orchestration for the musical. Librettist Hwang also worked through rehearsals to revise the book.

"This classic tale unfolds in early 1900s 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.