A cast of more than 60 are going to ask the audience to take a fun-filled voyage to the jungles of Africa and the exploration of an oddball scientist and his daughter to discover gorillas in Gladstone Theatre in the Park’s production of “Tarzan.” Along the way, the father-daughter duo find Tarzan, a man who has grown up with the gorillas.
Show dates are Friday to Sunday, Aug. 2 to 4. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. in Oak Grove Park, located at the intersection of 76th Street and North Troost Avenue. The park staff will allow chairs and blankets to be placed a couple hours before showtime for seating.
Based on the 1999 Disney classic, the familiar songs from Phil Collins appear in the stage musical as well as “You’ll Be in My Heart,” “Strangers Like Me,” “Trashing the Camp,” and “Son of Man.” There are also newer tunes written for the stage, defining Jane and Tarzan’s relationship including “For the First Time.”
The musical and the Disney films are based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The musical is directed by Dr. Vanessa Campagna, a longtime director of Gladstone Theatre in the Park shows. Her mother, Susan Campagna, is serving as music director while Clinton Welby-Cooke is choreographer. Teresa Farley is the pit conductor while Tessie Kempf is the stage manager and Patrick Weaver is serving as the technical director.