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Musical ‘Tarzan’ set to premiere

By Wendy Killeen
Globe Correspondent / July 10, 2011

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The world premiere of the Disney musical “Tarzan’’ is presented at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Tuesday through July 24.

The show tells the story of an infant boy who is orphaned in a shipwreck and left on the shores of West Africa. He’s adopted and raised by a gorilla grieving the loss of her baby. As he grows, the boy strives for the acceptance of his ape father and to find out why he is different. Eventually, he encounters his first human, a young explorer named Jane Porter.

David Henry Hwang wrote the book of the musical based on both the 1999 Disney film and the original Edgar Rice Burroughs story, “Tarzan of the Apes.’’

He is now working with North Shore Music Theatre on revising the Broadway script for future productions.

The cast includes Brian Justin Crum as Tarzan; Andrea Goss as Jane; and 12-year-old Jack Favazza of Gloucester as Young Tarzan.

The show also features a new 14-piece orchestration of music written by Phil Collins.

“ ‘Tarzan’ is a great adventure story, but also a beautiful story of family, love, and acceptance,’’ said Bill Hanney, the theater’s owner and producer.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets are $35-$65. Children age 12 and younger get 50 percent off for all evening performances.

Call 978-232-7200, visit the box office at 62 Dunham Road, or www.nsmt.org.