"Ich Tarzan, du Jane!": Disney's Tarzan Now Playing Germany

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The Disney musical Tarzan, which features a score by Grammy winner Phil Collins, opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany, Oct. 19.

Produced by Stage Entertainment, the production co-stars Anton Zetterholm as Tarzan and Elisabeth Hübert as Jane. Both actors won their roles via the German reality TV casting program "Ich Tarzan, du Jane!"

The Hamburg production of Tarzan, according to press notes, is an "immersive version of the musical, with audience members surrounded by scenic elements and performers acrobatically swinging through the air." This new interpretation of the musical has also garnered much acclaim in Holland, where Tarzan is playing the Circustheatre near Amsterdam.

In a statement Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions, said, "Along with our partners at Stage Entertainment, it's been a thrill to work closely with Phil Collins, Bob Crowley, Sergio Trujillo and Natasha Katz in the evolution of Tarzan from its inception in New York to this electrifying new incarnation in Germany. We're so proud that Tarzan continues to astound with this heart-stopping version of the show where audiences feel like part of the action."

Tarzan opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre May 10, 2006, and played its final performance July 8, 2007, after 35 previews and 486 regular performances. The cast featured Josh Strickland in the title role with All Shook Up's Jenn Gambatese as Jane. The musical marked the Broadway directorial debut for Bob Crowley, who also designed the show.

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."

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