The Goodman Theatre production of "The Jungle Book," set for its world premiere here June 21-July 28, has announced its full creative team.
The show, director-adapter Mary Zimmerman's work based on the Walt Disney animated film of 1967, and the collection of Rudyard Kipling stories from 1893, will feature musical direction by Doug Peck, who has created new orchestrations for a number of the movie's songs by brothers Richard M. Sherman and his late brother, Robert B. Sherman. Six Indian instrumentalists will be part of the production.
Zimmerman's design team, charged with bringing to life this story of the adventures of Mowgli, the young boy who grows up amid the animal kingdom, will include her longterm collaborators Daniel Ostling (sets), Mara Blumenfeld (costumes) and T.J.Gerckens (lights), all of whom traveled to India with her and Peck last year to do research.
The choreographic team is an intriguing blend of talents, with Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli ("Newsies"), collaborating with Hema Rajagopalan, founder and artistic director of Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago's Indian dance troupe, along with associate choreographer Lou Castro. They will create a mix of traditional Indian, jazz and tap movement.
Josh Horvath, Ray Nardelli and Andre Pluess will collaborate on sound direction.
Casting for the show is underway and will be announced in April.
And there is this good news: After debuting at the Goodman, "The Jungle Book" will travel to Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, where it will run Sept. 7 - Oct. 6.
For tickets call (312) 443-3800 or visit www.GoodmanTheatre.org.