TARZAN THE MUSICAL SWINGS ONTO BROADWAY
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ~ June 29, 2005
NEW YORK (AP)
— "Tarzan," the musical, will swing on Broadway next spring. A lavish stage
version — with a cast of 34 — will open in 2006 at a theater to be announced,
Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, said Wednesday.
The musical, with a score by Phil Collins, is based on the 1999 Disney
animated film which featured the voice of Tony Goldwyn as Tarzan and the
voice of Minnie Driver as Jane. No casting has been announced for the Broadway
version. "Tarzan" will be directed by Bob Crowley, who will also design
the show's sets and costumes. Crowley is best known for his sets and costume
designs for Disney's "Aida" and the 1994 Lincoln Center Theater revival
David Henry Hwang, author of "M. Butterfly," will adapt the movie
screenplay, which is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel, Tarzan of
the Apes. Choreography will be by Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard
and the show's flying and climbing design by Pichon Baldinu, who worked
on the long-running off-Broadway success "De La Guarda."
(Burne Hogarth was invited to co-author a similar Tarzan musical
20 years ago, but Marion T. Burroughs [then-President of ERB, Inc.] asked
for fifty percent of the proceeds for permission to use the name of Tarzan.
This killed the project!)
... "Ye Editor"