PHOTO CALL: André de Shields, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Usman Ally, Akash Chopra and More in World Premiere Musical The Jungle Book
By Krissie Fullerton
01 Jul 2013
The world premiere of The Jungle Book officially opened at Chicago's Goodman Theatre July 1 following previews that began June 21. Originally scheduled to play through Aug. 4, performances were recently extended to Aug. 11. The production will then transfer to Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, running Sept. 7-Oct. 6.
The cast is led by ten-year-old Akash Chopra as Mowgli, the young, spunky and stubborn boy (Roni Akurati plays the role at select performances); Usman Ally as Bagheera, Elena Flores as Raksha, Kevin Carolan as Baloo the bear, Glory Curda as the Little Girl, Thomas Derrah as Kaa, André De Shields as King Louie, Nehal Joshi as Rama, and Larry Yando as Shere Khan, the tiger, the crafty, powerful and dangerous arch-villain.
Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque Paris, where fashion, glamour, and passion prevail, Lerner and Loewe's celebrated musical is a romantic comedy about one young woman's journey to find her true self... and her true love.