PHOTO CALL: The Jungle Book Musical Celebrates Opening Night in Boston

By Krissie Fullerton
24 Sep 2013

Following a much-extended world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, the new musical Jungle Book officially opened at the Huntington Theatre Company Sept. 18 following previews that began Sept. 7.

The run at the Boston venue has again been extended; performances will now continue through Oct. 20 on the Huntington's main stage, the BU Theatre.

Based on Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling's 1893 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle and Walt Disney's 1967 animated film, the musical features direction by Mary Zimmerman.

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, the wise old panther who is serious about the rules of life and the laws of the jungle; Anjali Bhimani as Raksha, the warm, fawning Mother Wolf; Kevin Carolan as Baloo the bear, the carefree and irresponsible tutor to Mowgli; Glory Curda as the Little Girl; Thomas Derrah as Kaa, the sinewy, serpentine sly-but-charming villain; André De Shields as King Louie, the ambitious-but-scattered, comic, dreaming orangutan; Nehal Joshi as Rama, a wolf leader; 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 opening night:

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Nebi Berhane, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Andre De Shields and Govind Kumar
Photo by Lia Chang


For more information visit huntingtontheatre.org.