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Richard Rodgers Theatre

226 West 46th Street


May 10, 2006

Broadway Musical

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This production debuted in New York on May 10, 2006 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It is based on the stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs and more specifically on the 1999 Walt Disney film. Tarzan tells the tale of a man who is caught in between two worlds, but desperately wants to find where he belongs. It is a story of adventure, love and family obligation.

The musical is set in the 1880’s off the coast of West Africa and begins with a shipwrecked husband, wife and infant son trying to seek refuge while a gorilla couple copes with the loss of their son. Their worlds collide when the human couple is killed by the leopard that killed the gorilla Kala’s son. Luckily, Kala is able to rescue the infant and take him back to her tribe. Her husband, Kerchak, is not happy about this situation, but allows her to keep the child. She realizes that Tarzan, as she names him, is her responsibility and raises him as her own. Several years pass and Tarzan tries relentlessly to fit in with the other gorillas knowing deep down that something isn’t quite right. It is not until he comes into contact with Professor Porter and particularly his explorer daughter Jane that his life is forever changed. She is able to teach him about the human world, and after spending time with her he finds what has been missing his entire life. He realizes he belongs with the humans, but in his heart he knows he has a duty to his gorilla family as well. He is forced to make a heartfelt decision; will he choose the only family he has ever known or the new found love of his life?

The music was written by Oscar winner and seven time Grammy Award winner Phil Collins in his Broadway songwriting debut. The score includes his songs from the film as well as many other new songs and additional music. Collins wrote five original songs for the film including “You’ll Be in My Heart” which won the 2000 Academy Award for Song of the Year and spent ten weeks as number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

This production is Disney’s fifth film to be adapted into a musical. The other four are; Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, and most recently Mary Poppins. The Little Mermaid is currently in the works and is scheduled for an early 2008 release. All of these shows fall under the division of Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, the stage play and musical production portion of The Walt Disney Company. In New York it is known simply as Disney on Broadway. The company is known for creating solid, professional productions and the performances seem to be very popular with audiences as evidenced by impressive ticket sales.

Tarzan is another Disney success story. The magic is brought to the stage with strong characters, realistic set designs and creative performances. It is a tale of a man trying to find his place not only in the world, but within his family. The show revolves around several themes; a mother’s love, family duty and responsibility, and a man’s desire to do what is right for himself. It is a story the audience can relate to because ultimately all of us want to find a place to fit in where we can be loved unconditionally.

Show Times

Wed and Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Tue - Sat 8pm


Take the A, C, E trains to 42nd Street. Exit 44th Street and head north to West 46th Street, then head east to the theatre.


Josh Strickland, Tarzan
Jenn Gambatese, Jane
Merle Dandridge, Kala
Shuler Hensley, Kerchak
Chester Gregory II, Terk
Timothy Jerome, Professor Porter
Donnie Keshawarz, Clayton
Daniel Manche, Young Tarzan
Alex Rutherford, Young Tarzan
Darrin Baker
Marcus Bellamy
Celina Carvajal
Dwayne Clark
Veronica deSoyza
Kearran Giovanni
Michael Hollick
Joshua KobackKara Madrid
Kevin Massey
Anastasia McCleskey
Rika Okamoto
Marlyn Ortiz
Whitney Ostenoski
John Oyzon
Andy Pellick
Angela Phillips
Stefan Raulston
Horace Rogers
Sean Samuels
Nick Sanchez
Niki Scalera
Natalie Silverlieb
J.D. Aubrey Smith
Rachel Stern


Book by David Henry Hwang
Adapted from the Screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker & Noni White
Based on the Novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins
Directed by Bob Crowley
Choreography by Meryl Tankard
Aerial Movement by Pichon Baldinu
Set and Costume Design by Bob Crowley
Lighting Design by Natasha Katz
Sound Design by John Shivers

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