James Royce Edwards Is Tarzan in Regional Premiere of Disney Musical, Starting June 7

News   James Royce Edwards Is Tarzan in Regional Premiere of Disney Musical, Starting June 7
The Disney musical Tarzan — based on the animated film of the same name — makes its regional debut June 7 at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, UT.

James Royce Edwards
James Royce Edwards

Directed by Scott S. Anderson with choreography by Mic Thompson, performances are scheduled to continue through Oct. 15.

James Royce Edwards, who has appeared on Broadway or in the national tours of Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Pippin and All Shook Up, stars in the title role with Hairspray's Summer Broyhill as Jane. The cast also features Evan D'Angeles (Terk), Cessalee Stovall (Kala), Sam Zeller (Kerchak), Jerry Hoffman (Porter) and Todd Dubail (Clayton).

The ensemble comprises Talon Ackerman, Kile Allen, Eli Bauer, Giovanni Bonaventura, Erica Bryce, Jeremy Carpenter, Olin Davidson, Molly DePola, Craig Donnelly, Carolyn Hartvigsen, Zachary Hess, Tammie Rose Johnston, Payton Kemp, Tommy Martinez, Troy McGee, Nicholas McGough, Ryan Nickels, Kyli Rae, Robert Reep, Eddy Schumacher, Kierstyn Sharrow, Alexis Smith, Shellie Telford, Joey Tierno, Veronica Yeager and Lindsey Young.

Tarzan opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre May 10, 2006, playing 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.

Tarzan features a score by Phil Collins, including five songs from the 1999 animated film of the same name — "Two Worlds," "Son of Man," "Trashin' the Camp," "Strangers Like Me" and "You'll Be in My Heart" — as well as nine songs composed for the Broadway production: "Who Better Than Me," "For the First Time," "Everything That I Am," "Waiting for This Moment," "No Other Way," "I Need to Know," "Sure as Sun Turns to Moon," "Different" and "Like No Man I've Ever Seen." 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."

Tickets, priced from $22–$56, are available at the Tuacahn box office, by calling (435) 652-3300/(800) 746-9882 or online at tuacahn.org.

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