Disney has officially announced that its long-planned stage musical version of “Tarzan” will come to Broadway next spring.
Shuler Hensley is in final negotiations to play a primate, a spokesperson for the actor confirmed. A spokesperson for the tuner had no comment on casting and said no formal offers had been made.
A theater and specific dates have yet to be named.
Cast size for the tuner, officially called “Disney Presents Tarzan,” will be 34. There will be no out-of-town tryout, and a previously announced workshop for this summer will not take place.
Phil Collins has written more songs to add to those he wrote for the 1999 animated film. David Henry Hwang has written the book. Bob Crowley will direct and design sets. Choreography is by Meryl Tankard, with flying and climbing design by Pichon Baldinu, who co-created and co-directed the Off Broadway acrobatic hit “De La Guarda.” Natasha Katz will design lighting and John Shivers will design sound.
Hensley’s perf in “Tarzan” would follow his role in “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” which starts previews Aug. 20 at Dodger States and opens Sept. 15.
Also in “Trailer Park” are Orfeh, Kaitlin Hopkins, Marya Grandy, Linda Hart, Leslie Kritzer and Wayne Wilcox. Tuner premiered in last year’s New York Musical Theater Festival and features music and lyrics by David Nehls and a book and direction by Betsy Kelso.
Hensley won a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for playing Jud Fry in Trevor Nunn’s “Oklahoma!” on Broadway and the West End. He also stars in the upcoming pic “The Legend of Zorro.”