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.

The company also features Jeremy Duvall, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Monique Haley, Ed Kross, Govind Kumar, Alka Nayyar, Geoff Packard, Timothy Wilson and Victor Wisehart.

Here's a look at the production:

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For more information visit huntingtontheatre.org or GoodmanTheatre.org.


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Akash Chopra and Kevin Carolan
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