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ERBzine FEATURES ON TARZAN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL
Tarzan Preview Notes
Opening Night Notes
Review Highlights
Tarzan Souvenirs
Before & After Notes

TARZAN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL: BEFORE & AFTER NOTES & PICS

Intro ~ Contents
NYC: Advent
NY Adventure
On the Carpet
Premiere
Disney Party
Last Safari
TARZAN® THE MUSICAL 
IN HOLLAND
Circustheatre near The Hague 
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TARZAN® THE MUSICAL 
IN HAMBURG
Neue Flora Theatre
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As "Tarzan" swings off Broadway. . . Princess of Mars?
Jim Hill Media ~ July 6, 2007
It's likely that Pixar's first live action / animated film will actually be a big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars" series. I'm told that the Disney brass views this particular project as the logical stepping-off point for an entire series of "John Carter of Mars" movies. And given that Mickey is franchise-crazy these days ... Well, that's why "Princess" is now being fast-tracked while "1906" remains in preliminary development. More>>>
Tarzan Swings Out of Richard Rodgers Theatre NY
Playbill ~ July 8, 2007
 In a recent statement Disney Theatrical producer Thomas Schumacher said, "I am disappointed that the Broadway production of Tarzan will close earlier than any of us had hoped, and I would have loved for it to have been as successful in New York as it is now in Holland. Despite this, Tarzan was the Broadway debut for two artists I have long admired and respected, and for this I am extremely proud. The opportunity to work again with the legendary Phil Collins, who expanded his film score for the stage production, and with Bob Crowley in his Broadway directorial debut has been hugely gratifying. I know that as we continue to produce Tarzan around the world, audiences will embrace it with as much enthusiasm as we put into creating it."
The first European production of Tarzan officially opened in Holland at the Circustheatre near Amsterdam April 15. Heading the cast of the Dutch-language production is 27-year-old Ron Link from Nijmegen in the title role with 27-year-old Chantal Janzen from Tegelen as Jane. The original Broadway cast recording of Tarzan is available on the Walt Disney Records label. More>>>
Tarzan The Musical to live on in Netherlands
Disney Blog ~ June 27, 2007
Although Tarzan hasn't brought in the sustainable numbers that's required to keep a big production open on Broadway, a slightly updated version is making waves over seas. Right now its playing in the Netherlands and Germany could be next:
"Tarzan there not only opened to impressive advance ticket sales (the trick here not only being the Disney brand and Phil Collins as composer but also the fact that the lead of Tarzan was casted in a tv-show) but also glowing reviews. Why? The creative team from the Broadway was able to correct many mistakes made in the original version of the show that were only discovered too late in New York, due to the lack of a decent out-of-town-try-outs. The result (according to reviewers who have seen both versions) is a much more engaging, substantial show."
Playbill cites Disney Theatrical producer Thomas Schumacher saying “I am disappointed that the Broadway production of Tarzan will close earlier than any of us had hoped, and I would have loved for it to have been as successful in New York as it is now in Holland. […] I know that as we continue to produce Tarzan around the world, audiences will embrace it with as much enthusiasm as we put into creating it.”
MouseKingdom Blog
Tarzan not only opened in the Netherlands to impressive advance ticket sales (the trick here not only being the Disney brand and Phil Collins as composer but also the fact that the lead of Tarzan was casted in a tv-show) but also glowing reviews. Why? The creative team from the Broadway was able to correct many mistakes made in the original version of the show that were only discovered too late in New York, due to the lack of a decent out-of-town-try-outs. The result (according to reviewers who have seen both versions) is a much more engaging, substantial show. Too bad that Disney Theatricals robbed themselves of the chance to make the necessary adjustements prior to the Broadway premiere and thus of the chance to present a better show.
Disneyland: Tarzan's Treehouse is expected to reopen on June 30.
Disney's 'Tarzan' closes its doors in N.Y. 

Variety ~ June 23 
Disney Theatrical Productions' "Tarzan" has posted a closing notice for July 8 to end its fairly short run on Broadway in New York. The show, which opened in May 2006 to mixed reviews and featured music from Phil Collins, never built the sales momentum that made "The Lion King" and "Mary Poppins" so successful, Variety.com reported. "The sales trends over the last few weeks just haven't held up," said David Schrader, managing director and CFO of Disney Theatrical. Besides "Tarzan" Disney has seen a lot of success on Broadway, including "Aida," which played a four-year run. "Tarzan" is running in the Netherlands in a retooled staging. There is interest in the show in other markets as well, according to Schrader.
To mark its one year anniversary on Broadway, Michael Lassell, author of Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure—a lavishly illustrated hardback book detailing the five year process of putting together the Disney musical's journey to the Great White Way—hosted a starry book signing party at the Lincoln Square Barnes & Noble bookstore on May 10. A throng of Tarzan fans stepped in line to get our copy signed by Lassell, as well as the show's stars Josh Strickland, Jenn Gambatese, Chester Gregory II and its Oscar-winning composer (and 7-time Grammy-winning pop star) Phil Collins. Playbill
 
 


Disney's Tarzan to Premiere in Europe
Broadway World ~ March 28, 2007
Disney’s Tarzan will enjoy its European Premiere at the Circustheatre near Amsterdam, on April 15, 2007. The show is produced by Disney and Stage Entertainment, who previously collaborated on six Disney musicals in Europe, including The Lion King (in its sixth year in Germany), Beauty and the Beast on tour in (Germany and Holland), and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (on tour in Germany).

Disney Theatrical Productions president and producer Thomas Schumacher comments, in the press release,  "Our extraordinary partnership with Stage Entertainment has given Bob Crowley and I an opportunity in less than a year after opening on Broadway to revisit our show and create this new production for Joop van den Ende and his gifted team."

Ron Link, a 27-year old from Nijmegen who stars in the title role, beat out five semi-finalists in the reality television program, "Wie Wordt Tarzan?" (Who is going to be Tarzan?), created specifically to choose Holland's leading man for the musical. Over one million viewers tuned in to the live TV show and cast their votes to select the new Dutch Tarzan. Tarzan's love interest, Jane, will be Chantal Janzen, a 27-year old actress from Tegelen. 

Tarzan, based on the Disney animated film and featuring music and lyrics by Phil Collins, made its world premiere on Broadway on May 10th, 2006 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The show celebrated its 350th performance earlier this month.
See the ERBzine coverage of the Dutch Premiere: www.ERBzine.com/holland


Disney's 'Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure' Book On Sale
Broadway World ~ March 27, 2007
Disney Editions, an imprint of Disney Book Group, has announced the release of the book Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure by Michael Lassell. "Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure is an intimate backstage look at the five-year development process of Tarzan, from early concept drawings to auditions and exploratory flying workshops, through rehearsals and previews, and even to the gala opening night. The book features never-before-published photography of the cast at work as well as a look at the collaboration among the members of the creative team. Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure features the photos of three amazing photographers: acclaimed Broadway production photographer Joan Marcus, revolutionary sports photographer Heinz Kluetmeier and stylized portraits by renowned photographer Ruven Afanador," state press materials.

"The book gives the reader a peek at the production from the inside, a story that isn’t told anywhere else. In this colorful volume are exquisite costume and set design sketches and models as well as images of the set in all stages of its development. The book conveys the full beauty of the show’s unequalled drama and offers readers unique insight into a process few will ever see. It’s the next best thing to a front-row seat."

Author Michael Lassell was given complete behind-the-scenes access to the production.  He says of Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure, "I love going to the theater and being surprised, but I have the kind of mind that always wants to know 'How did they do that?' Observing the rehearsal process is really the only way to find out, because what you see in the theater is meant to hide the mechanisms behind the magic. Because this production rehearsed for so long on the actual set, the rehearsal process for this show was much closer to performance than is usual. Especially when the company was in Brooklyn, with set building and costume construction and harness fittings and rigging and dancing going on all the time—on two facing sets. Bob Crowley called the studio 'an ecology' of activity. It was a masterpiece of organization and a real privilege to watch.” 
Published by Disney Editions, the book has a list price of $40. More>>>

The musical opened May 10, 2006 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street) on Broadway.

Premiere night for Tarzan the Musical in Holland will be April 15 at Circustheatre near The Hague: www.ERBzine.com/holland

Many escorted holiday packages include live theater like this as part of their itinerary.


Jersey Boys' Trujillo Working on European Tarzan
Playbill News
Broadway World News ~ March 19, 2007
Sergio Trujillo, who was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his choreography for Jersey Boys, is currently in Amsterdam working on the European debut of Disney's Tarzan. 
Tarzan, as previously reported, will open April 15 at the Circustheatre near Amsterdam. Heading the cast of the Dutch-language production will be 27-year-old Ron Link from Nijmegen in the title role with 27-year-old Chantal Janzen from Tegelen as Jane.
Trujillo, according to a presss release, is "collaborating on a new concept for the European production of [Tarzan]." The choreographer said in a statement, "I am truly honored to be working with Disney. Tarzan is a wonderfully inventive show and I look forward to moving the characters and story in new and different ways."
In addition to Jersey Boys, Trujillo also choreographed All Shook Up, the City Center Encores! productions of Kismet and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. He also choreographed Zhivago and The Wiz, both at the La Jolla Playhouse. More>>>
TARZAN Celebrates 350 Performances on Broadway
TARZAN® will celebrated 350 performances on Broadway on Sunday, March 11th. Heralded by Time Magazine as “sensational” and by The Financial Times as “the only show of the [2005-2006] season that places us joyously in a world of wonder, TARZAN® has proven to be a hit, having set the box office record at the Richard Rodgers Theatre an impressive five times in 2006. Audiences have responded enthusiastically with over 368,000 people having seen the show on Broadway to date. Disney Theatrical Productions started 2006 with the world premiere of Broadway’s high-flying adventure, TARZAN®, one of the most artistically innovative shows to come to Broadway in recent memory. 

TARZAN® opened May 10, 2006 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street).  TARZAN® is presented by Disney Theatrical Productions (Thomas Schumacher, Producer).  Featuring direction, set, and costume design by multi-Tony Award®  winner Bob Crowley, and music by Academy Award®  and multiple-GRAMMY® winner Phil Collins, TARZAN®  has thrilled audiences since opening in May 2006.” The original cast recording of TARZAN® was released by Walt Disney Records and is available now at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, in music stores nationwide and at online retailers including Amazon, iTunes and Disney Shopping.

Disney’s first international production of TARZAN® is currently in rehearsals and will open April 15, 2007 at the Circustheatre near Amsterdam. The production is a continuation of a long-standing partnership between Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment, the collaboration that has mounted six Disney musicals in Europe, grossing over $400 million in ticket sales.


Insatiable appetite for Disney musicals
Monsters and Critics ~ March 15, 2007
The number of Disney musicals on New York's Broadway has doubled to four in the past year, and the number of productions opening in other cities has also increased. 'It's unprecedented,' said Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, which this year will open 'The Lion King' in Johannesburg and Paris, and 'Tarzan' in Holland. www.ERBzine.com/holland
Disney has headed the comeback of Times Square and 42nd Street and scored a stream of hits for a decade. When one show closes, another opens. 'Beauty and the Beast' closes in July and will be replaced by 'The Little Mermaid' by year end. 'Tarzan' and 'Mary Poppins' both opened on Broadway last year, resulting in an increase of Disney's Broadway revenues by 42 per cent, or $39 million, to a total of $131 million, according to Disney. 
But where Disney has succeeded on Broadway others have failed. Its rival Warner Bros. challenged Disney's opening of 'Tarzan' last year with its Broadway foray, the Elton John musical 'Lestat.' While Tarzan received mixed reviews but continues on Broadway, 'Lestat' flopped and closed within two months.
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Disney Theatrical Productions Press Release 
NEW YORK, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Following an historic 2006 marked by tremendous growth and unparalleled success on Broadway, in touring markets, and internationally, Disney Theatrical Productions (Thomas Schumacher, Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions) is preparing for a 2007 which promises exciting collaborations with some of theatre's most talented artists. . .
TARZAN(R) THRILLS BROADWAY AUDIENCES 
Disney Theatrical Productions started 2006 with the world premiere of Broadway's high-flying adventure, TARZAN(R), one of the most artistically innovative shows to come to Broadway in recent memory. Featuring direction, set, and costume design by multi-Tony Award(R) winner Bob Crowley, and music by Academy Award(R) and multiple-GRAMMY(R) winner Phil Collins, TARZAN(R) has thrilled audiences since opening in May 2006. Heralded by Time Magazine as "sensational" and by The Financial Times as "the only show of the [2005-2006] season that places us joyously in a world of wonder," TARZAN(R) has proven to be a hit, having set the box office record at the Richard Rodgers Theatre an impressive five times in 2006. Audiences have responded enthusiastically with over 368,000 people having seen the show on Broadway to date.
EXPANDING GLOBAL SUCCESS
Disney's first international production of TARZAN(R) is currently in rehearsals and will open April 15, 2007 at the Circustheatre near Amsterdam. The production is a continuation of a long-standing partnership between Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment, the collaboration that has mounted six Disney musicals in Europe, grossing over $400 million in ticket sales.

(C) 2006 Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and Disney Enterprises Inc. All rights reserved. 
TARZAN(R) owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and used by permission.


Brief Encounter with Disney Tarzan Producer, Thomas Schumacher
Playbill.com ~ September 19, 2006
Playbill.com: What's the marketing plan for Tarzan since the reviews weren't terrific?
TS: If you're in the theatre and you watch the show, you're having a great time, and that audience is having a fantastic time. Reviews, historically for us, have not been the indicator of whether a show is going to do well or not. . . .  The advantage I have with Tarzan is that there is a connection with the audience, the advance has been very strong, and it has not substantially eroded, which is great. . . . I have a better advance going forward to the end of year on Tarzan than for any of our other shows, other than Mary Poppins.  We've shot a commercial that ties into radio, which ties into print [plus an] enormous number of group things. Group scores are really high; groups are a big part of our business.
Playbill.com: Are there any plans for a tour of Tarzan?
TS: We're actually casting today for the [next] production. I'm going to do sit-downs, so the next one opens in Amsterdam. . . . I have to finish final casting in four weeks in Amsterdam. . . . We open Amsterdam, then we open Germany, and then I'm hoping for one more country. More>>>
Disney Theatrical Productions, Ltd.
September 12, 2006

Mr. Danton Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Tarzana, CA  91356

Dear Danton,

Can you believe that summer has come and gone? It seems like just yesterday we were organizing your trip to the City for opening night!

The summer has brought many triumphs for our beloved Tarzan. We broke the Richard Rodgers Theatre box office record in July and then went on to break our own record two more times throughout the course of the summer. We now are preparing for our holiday marketing campaign where we will launch our new television commercial -- I have included a DVD of the commercial for you to see for yourself.

We hired a fantastic director, Gregor Nicholas, from New Zealand to direct the commercial. Prior to our commercial Gregor had directed commercials for many well known companies such as Nike. You will find that the piece is athletic, handsome, and sharp.

Other efforts of interest include Weekend TODAY on NBC airing a new piece on the show that highlighted Phil's participation and work. The Laughing Place Magazine also featured the show on their cover in addition to a fantastic article. I have included both pieces for you to see for yourself.

Plans are still being made for the Holland and German productions of Tarzan as well. Tom will be travelling to Amsterdam in October to promote the show and introduce it to their market. Rehearsal for Amsterdam will begin in January of 2007 with an opening set for April 15th -- just shy of our one year anniversary on Broadway. 

I, as always, will keep you up-to-date as we move forward with all things Tarzan related.

Warm regards,
Dusty Bennett
1450 Broadway, New York, NY


Stars Visit Holland to Launch Tarzan, The Musical
TarzanOnBroadway.com ~ October 13, 2006
Tarzan’s Broadway stars Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Jenn Gambatese (Jane) and Chester Gregory (Terk) paid a visit to Amsterdam last week to help introduce Tarzan in Holland.  The actors performed songs from Tarzan at a presentation hosted by Disney Theatrical Productions’ President Thomas Schumacher, who noted the great success of Disney Theatrical’s long relationship with Joop van den Ende and Stage Entertainment.

Stage Entertainment's production of Tarzan will open at Holland's Circustheatreon April 15, 2007 -- less than twelve months following the show's opening on Broadway. Tarzan opened on Broadway on May 10, 2006 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre where it has set a new box office record. A third production is expected to follow in Germany in 2008. In addition, members of the Tarzan creative team from both New York and London were in Amsterdam this past week to continue auditions for the Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment production of Tarzan. The casting process is underway in Holland, with casting decisions to be announced in the coming months.

When Tarzan opens in April, the 100-year old Circustheatre will hold the unique distinction of being the only venue in the world to host productions of all of Disney's Broadway productions to date --Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida played for eighteen months from October 2001 to April 2003 and was followed by The Lion King's record-smashing 28-month engagement. Stage Entertainment's Dutch-language tour of Beauty and the Beast is currently playing there through the end of the year.

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An Interview with Danton Burroughs
BroadwayWorld.com ~ June 14, 2006
In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs introduced the character of Tarzan to the world in his imaginative tale, “Tarzan of the Apes,” and in no time, his career was off and running. Tarzan has since been featured in 26 authorized novels and 44 motion pictures. Burroughs decided to take his career a step further by launching his own company, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. He died on March 19, 1950. His writing and characters entertained three generations of readers and moviegoers. At present, the Burroughs family, including grandson, Danton Burroughs manages the corporation. Danton Burroughs and I sat down to speak about Tarzan, the Broadway Musical, as well as the life of his grandfather.

Nick Orlando: What was your grandfather’s inspiration for creating the character, Tarzan?

Danton Burroughs: Money! He, at the time, pawned my grandmother’s jewelry. He had written Tarzan as his third novel. His third story was submitted to “All Story Magazine.” The editor loved it! It came out in the October issue of the magazine. It sold for 15 cents and today, if you can find a nice copy, it is $15,000-$30,000. Extremely rare; it was the whole story in one volume which was not done before. 

Nick Orlando: How did this character evolve?

Danton Burroughs: My grandfather played with the evolution theory and he created the name Tarzan. The first name he had was Nazrat and then he changed the syllables around to Tarzan. We have the original manuscript and you can see where he is actually thinking and changing the names. He just had a way with words and he created a mythical character in 1911. As soon as Tarzan came out, it was an immediate success. It also came out in England. My grandfather got so much fan mail. His pseudonym was Normal Bean, but when the book came out in 1914, he was credited as Edgar Rice Burroughs. First movie was 1918. It was also one of the first movies to gross over a million dollars. It starred Gordon Griffith as the young Tarzan and Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan himself. Elmo Lincoln was a big hit at the time. 

Nick Orlando: Did your grandfather have any significant obstacles he had to overcome or did things come easy?

Danton Burroughs: He was a hell of a business man. He incorporated himself in 1923, which was odd for an author to do, but he liked the protection of a corporation because he was involved in early lawsuits with some of the Tarzan pictures. He went on to do the merchandising and publishing on his own. He had my father come in during the 1930s and illustrate Tarzan and the other books my grandfather wrote. He kept it as a family corporation and to this day, it is owned by the heirs of Edgar Rice Burroughs. 

Nick Orlando: Are there things going on in your life that parallels your grandfathers? Are you following in his footsteps? 

Danton Burroughs: Only as an archivist and trying to save everything. Also, working on documentaries and coming to see amazing musicals, like Tarzan, the Broadway Musical. The legend lives on!

Nick Orlando: I’m sure your grandfather would be very proud to see Disney putting on Tarzan, the Broadway Musical.

Danton Burroughs: He would be beside himself and there is enjoyment from the Burroughs family!

Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment, the largest theatrical producing company in Europe announced Monday, May 22nd, 2006, that Disney's newest musical, Tarzan, will be their next co-production in Europe, set to open in Holland next spring at the Circustheatre near Amsterdam with a second production scheduled to open in Germany in 2008.

Tarzan, the Broadway Musical, is currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). The cast album will be released on June 27th on Walt Disney Records. The production stars Josh Strickland and Jenn Gambatese as Tarzan and Jane. Performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 212-307-4747. For more information, please visit www.TarzanOnBroadway.com.




 Phil Collins and the Cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical 
 live New York City performances broadcast on national television.

June 23rd, 2006 ~ NBC Today
Phil Collins and the cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical
Summer Concert Series featuring Phil Collins and the cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical--LIVE CONCERT & BROADCAST
Live Concert Time: 7:00am EST
Live Broadcast on NBC Today (check your local listings for time and channel)
Concert Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza (West 48th Street between Avenue of the Americas and 5th Avenue)


June 23, 2006 ~ ABC's The View
Phil Collins and the cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical 
Interview and musical performance with songs from Tarzan® The Broadway Musical. 
New York City: Taping of this program is not open to the public.
June 23, 2006 ~ CBS's The Early Show

Live: The cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical
Outdoor Concert Series 
Live Concert time: 11:00am ~ Air date: To be determined.
CBS Early Show Plaza, corner of 59th Street & 5th Avenue
Tune in to Elmo's Dateline Jasoom Podcast #9
http://www.panthanpress.com/jasoom9_2006_06_03.mp3
Episode nine looks at Disney's Tarzan on Broadway,
with commentary from the Jeddak of the North --
who was there for opening night.
Uploaded June 3, 2006.
ww.panthanpress.com/archive
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TARZAN® THE MUSICAL 
IN HOLLAND
See the ERBzine Opening Night Coverage
From April 15, 2007 
Circustheatre near Amsterdam
www.ERBzine.com/holland

ERBzine FEATURES ON TARZAN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

Tarzan Preview Notes
Opening Night Notes
Review Highlights
Tarzan Souvenirs
Before & After Notes

TARZAN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL: BEFORE & AFTER NOTES & PICS

Intro ~ Contents
NYC: Advent
NY Adventure
On the Carpet
Premiere
Disney Party
Last Safari
Broadway 2006
Tarzan the Musical: Broadway
Tarzan the Musical: Holland
Tarzan the Musical: Hamburg
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Burroughs Bibliophiles
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