Sherman, who co-wrote (with brother Robert B. Sherman) the famed music of the films The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many more, as well as the anthem “It’s a Small World,” collaborated with director Mary Zimmerman and music director Doug Peck on the new musical stage adaptation of The Jungle Book that begins at the Huntington on Saturday, September 7. As part of the process, he provided access and permission to adapt unused songs written for the film plus new lyrics written for this production.
“The Jungle Book has proven to be a groundbreaking and thrilling experience,” said Sherman. “I’m delighted with the fusion of authentic Indian instrumentation with the fun of American jazz. Mary Zimmerman and Doug Peck are brilliant creators, and with this production, the world is seeing and hearing something they’ve never experienced before.”
A Conversation with Richard Sherman begins at 10am with a light brunch in the lobby of the BU Theatre, located on the Avenue of the Arts (264 Huntington Avenue). Tickets are $15 ($10 for Huntington and Boston Globe subscribers). Performances of The Jungle Book follow A Conversation with Richard Sherman at 2pm and 7pm on September 15. See event and performance ticket purchase information below.
The “inventive and visually stunning” (Entertainment Weekly)production wholly reimagined for the stage by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (Candide) is based on Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling’s 1893 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle and Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film. The Jungle Book has been critically hailed as “entirely fresh, ever-surprising, and winningly whimsical” (Chicago Sun-Times), “sophisticated, sensual, and gorgeous” (Chicago Tribune), and “breathlessly entertaining” (Daily Herald). The New York Times praises, “The flora and fauna of India shimmer with eye-filling allure in the inventive new stage adaptation.” The Jungle Book is produced by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and in association with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman (Original Music & Lyrics)have honors that include two Academy Awards (Mary Poppins), nine Academy Award nominations, three GRAMMY® Awards, 24 gold/platinum albums, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Early hits, including “You’re 16” and “Tall Paul,” led to a long-term association with Walt Disney and more than 150 songs for Disney films, TV and theme parks (“It’s a Small World” being the world’s most translated and performed song). Their Disney film credits include The Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Winnie the Pooh, The AristoCats, and The Tigger Movie. Other films include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Tom Sawyer, The Slipper and the Rose, Charlotte’s Web and Beverly Hills Cop 3. Stage credits include Over Here!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London, Broadway, UK tour), Busker Alley, and Mary Poppins (London and Broadway).
Extended by popular demand, The Jungle Book now plays September 7 – October 13 at the Huntington’s main stage, the BU Theatre. Tickets start at $25 with prices ranging to $135 - subject to change – with select discounts available.
Tickets to performances and A Conversation with Richard Sherman can be purchased:
· online at huntingtontheatre.org
· by phone at 617 266 0800
· in person at the Box Offices at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street).
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ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
ABOUT DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS
Disney Theatrical Productions proudly partners with Goodman Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company to bring Mary Zimmerman’s vision to theatrical life. A division of The Walt Disney Studios, DTP was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. With 15 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day. Worldwide, its eight Broadway titles have been seen by over 124 million theatergoers and have, cumulatively, run a staggering 195 years. The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, opened in 1994, playing a remarkable 13 year Broadway run and produced in 28 countries worldwide. In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and is now the highest grossing show in Broadway history. In its 16th smash year, it has welcomed over 70 million visitors worldwide and can currently be seen on Broadway; on tour across North America, the U.K., and Japan; and in London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, and Sao Paulo. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony® Awards and spawning productions around the world. Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, opened in London in 2004 and established itself as one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge in recent years, playing more than six years on Broadway and produced around the world. Tarzan®, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is now an international hit with an award-winning production in its sixth year in Germany. In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the #1-selling new musical of that year. Its success continues with regional productions across the US and new productions on three other continents. Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher, its two most recent Broadway productions, received seven 2012 Tony® Awards between them and continue their smash New York City runs. In addition, DTP licenses stage performance rights to more than a dozen Disney musicals around the world through Music Theatre International. Its new musical, Aladdin, will open in Toronto in fall 2013.