Disney confirms a new stage adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book’ is in development!

Alongside a slate of new productions announced last week – following confirmation that the Broadway production of Frozen the Musical would not reopen once the pandemic eases – Disney Theatrical Productions also announced that a new stage adaptation of the 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book is now currently in development.

The Jungle Book is based on Rudyard Kipling‘s 1894 story collection of the same name and was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production.

According to the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) is slated to write the book, with Richard M. Sherman composing, having co-written most of the songs on the original soundtrack with his brother, the late Robert B. Sherman.

Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific, Newsies, The King and I) will direct and choreograph the new production.

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