The world preem of the Mary Zimmerman-helmed stage adaptation of “The Jungle Book” is among the shows lined up for the 2012-13 season at Chicago’s Goodman Theater, with new plays by Christopher Shinn, Dael Orlandersmith and Quiara Alegria Hudes also on the slate.
Based on the Rudyard Kipling book as well as the 1967 Disney animated pic, the musical incarnation of “Jungle Book” will incorporate the familiar tunes penned for the film by Richard B. Sherman and Robert M. Sherman. Chicago-based Zimmerman, whose credits include the adaptation of “Metamorphoses” that ran on Broadway for a year, writes the book and directs.
“Jungle Book” reps the latest Mouse House title to be licensed to outside parties by Disney Theatrical, in a legit producing tactic that has yielded the imminent Broadway transplants of both “Newsies” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Running June 21-July 28, 2013, show will be the final offering of the season in the Goodman’s two-stage venue in downtown Chi.
Three new plays also are among the world preems on the lineup, starting with a new solo show from Orlandersmith (“Yellowman”), “Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men” (Sept. 29-Oct. 28). Helmed by Chay Yew in a co-production with Berkeley Rep, the show centers on five male characters caught up in cycles of violence and abuse.
Season kicks off with a new revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” (Sept. 15-Oct 21) helmed by David Cromer, another Chicago director who works frequently in Gotham.