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at the Richard Rodgers Theatre

By Roger B. Harris
Published June 23 2007

  Jenn Gambatese & Josh Strickland/Ph: Joan Marcus

Well, at least it was more than just a short swing through the trees. Disney's Tarzan, version, which has announced it will be closing on July 8, will have played 486 regular performances and 35 previews, when the last vine is stored away at the Richard Rodgers.

The musical, which is directed and designed by Bob Crowley, is based on the Disney animated film of the same name, which in turn is somehow related to the Tarzan adventure book series of the early 20th Century, authored by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The show features songs by pop icon Phil Collins, and a book by David Henry Hwang.

The production stars Josh Strickland as Tarzan, Jenn Gambatese as Jane, Robert Evan as Kerchak, Chester Gregory II as Terk, Timothy Jerome as Professor Porter, Donnie Keshawarz as Clayton and Alex Rutherford and Dylan Riley Snyder(who alternate as the young Tarzan).

In his review in New York Theater News, David Lefkowitz remarked that the "charm and real humor of the show was "vinestrangled by too much flash and bang." Ultimately, Lefkowitz decided, "this version stays jungle-bound throughout...becoming nothing more than a silly love story, with a peremptory nod to the ecology."


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