Ron Link scores at musical awards gala
~ May 22, 2007
The show Doe Maar, based on the songs of the 1980's pop band, was the
big winner during Monday night's annual musical awards, with a win in five
of the 14 categories. It was followed by My Fair Lady, Rembrandt and Tarzan
with two each.
Ron Link, who was chosen for the role of Tarzan during a tv reality
show, won the award for best newcomer.
Disney's Tarzan to Premiere
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.
Jersey Boys' Trujillo
Working on European Tarzan
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.
Tarzan to Open in Holland, then Germany
~ May 22, 2006
Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment will continue
their joint producing ventures with international productions of Tarzan,
the new Disney musical that recently opened at Broadway's Richard Rodgers
Phil Collins will announce that news at the Dutch Theatre Awards May
22. Holland will see the first international mounting of Tarzan, which
is based on both the Disney animated film and the Edgar Rice Burroughs
novel. Tarzan will open at the Circustheatre, which is near Amsterdam,
in spring 2007. Germany will see Tarzan some time in 2008.
In a statement, Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher
said, "It’s unusual for a second production to be mounted so soon after
a Broadway opening, but Joop van den Ende and his team have been supportive
of the show throughout its development and I am very pleased it will have
its international premiere in The Netherlands."
Stage Entertainment Chairman Joop van den Ende added, "We love the show
and believe it will make a strong connection with European audiences. I
am also very proud that Disney has once again selected to give us these
exclusive rights.” . . . More>>>
Tarzan Heads to Europe
Mountings in Holland and Germany Announced
~ May 22, 2006
. . . . Beginning with their first international production of Elton
John & Tim Rice's Aida in 2001, Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage
Entertainment have mounted six Disney musicals that have played to an audience
of over 10 million people in Germany and Holland alone. Disney/Stage Entertainment
shows have grossed over $400 million in ticket sales. Stage Entertainment
currently has five Disney productions in their theaters, including The
Lion King (in its fifth year in Germany and its third year in Holland),
Beauty and the Beast (on tour in Germany and Holland) and Aida (on tour
In Tarzan, 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 stage show, based on the animated Disney film of the same
name (with a screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker and Noni White) and
the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel Tarzan of the Apes, features a book by David
Henry Hwang and score by Phil Collins.
CHANTAL JANZEN TO PLAY JANE IN HOLLAND'S TARZAN
Chantal Janzen will play the role of Jane in the musical Tarzan.
Ms. Janzen is currently in the musical Beauty and the Beast
in which she plays the role of Belle.
Stars Visit Holland to Launch Tarzan, The
~ 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.