“Tarzan” soon will swing into Holland and Germany.
Disney Theatrical Prods. has granted European theatrical giant Stage Entertainment exclusive rights to its latest big-budget Broadway tuner, which bowed on the Rialto May 10. The two companies will co-produce a Dutch incarnation, planned for spring 2007 at the Circustheater near Amsterdam, to be followed by a German production in 2008.
Phil Collins, composer of “Tarzan,” is set to announce the productions tonight during the live telecast of the Dutch Theater Awards.
Disney and Stage Entertainment have partnered on Euro productions of Mouse properties before, beginning with “Aida” in 2001. Their co-prods have grossed more than $400 million.
Stage Entertainment currently has five Disney shows in its venues: productions of “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” in both Germany and the Netherlands, plus “Aida” in Germany.
Based on the Mouse House’s 1999 animated film version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ape-man tale, the stage production, helmed and largely designed by Bob Crowley, features aerial work created by De La Guarda’s Pichon Baldinu.
On Broadway, “Tarzan” received less than enthusiastic notices from Gotham critics and scored just a single Tony nom, for lighting. But it played to capacity crowds during previews and racked up a strong advance, and it’s still unclear what effect the reviews or the awards snub will have on the box office.