Evan succeeds Tony winner Shuler Hensley, who created the role in the new Disney musical at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Hensley departed the production to appear in the Westport Country Playhouse's upcoming mounting of Kander and Ebb's All About Us, which runs April 10-28. Hensley will reportedly be part of the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein this fall.
Evan, according to the actor's assistant, is contracted with Tarzan through March 23, 2008.
On Broadway Rob Evan has been seen in Little Shop of Horrors, Dance of the Vampires, Jekyll & Hyde and Les Misérables and Off-Broadway in Johnny Guitar and The Prince and the Pauper. Evans' tour credits include Les Miz, Jekyll & Hyde and Hello, Dolly! A former UGA football player, Evan has appeared on ABC-TV's "All My Children," and his recordings include "Jekyll & Hyde," "The Civil War," "Cyrano," "The Broadway Musicals of 1940," "The Prince and the Pauper" and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's third Christmas album.
Tarzan — directed by Bob Crowley — opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre May, 10, 2006. The musical features a score by Phil Collins. 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." The creative team also includes Meryl Tankard (choreography), Pichón Baldinu (aerial design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), John Shivers (sound design), Paul Bogaev (music producer/vocal arrangements) and Doug Besterman (orchestrations).
Tarzan, according to press notes, begins as "a shipwreck leaves an infant orphaned on the West African shore. The helpless baby is taken under the protection of a gorilla tribe and becomes part of their family. When he eventually encounters his first human — Jane Porter, a curious young explorer — both their worlds are transformed forever." The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located in Manhattan at 226 West 46th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.