Disney's Tarzan | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Jomar Ferreras

Jomar Ferreras

Drew Peterson

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 14 2017
Price: $35, $32 seniors, $25 students and kids under 13
NightBlue’s revival of the 2006 Broadway musical version of the 1999 Disney movie (based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's much-adapted 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes) has everything you need for a great show—a strong cast, an ear-pleasing orchestra, an interesting set and costumes, focused, well-paced direction (by Kevin Bellie)—everything, that is, but a show worth staging. David Henry Hwang’s stage adaptation of Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, and Noni White’s original screenplay is bland and undramatic, as is Phil Collins's boring, cliche-filled score (sample lyric: “Put your faith in what you most believe in / Two worlds, one family / Trust your heart / Let fate decide.”) Which is a shame, because Jomar Ferreras has a lot of charisma as Tarzan, and Rachel Juncker is very likable as his mate, Jane. —Jack Helbig



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