Me Tarzan, You Jane – International Jungle Love Story at El Portal Theatre
April 25th – May 18th
From the masters of family entertainment who brought you Pinkalicious and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Kelrik Productions proudly presents the musical, Disney’s Tarzan, playing April 25th – May 18th, at the Monroe Forum Theatre, bringing more family programming to the historic El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., in the heart of the NoHo Arts District.
Disney’s Tarzan tells the classic tale of a shipwreck that leaves an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. The helpless baby is adopted and raised by the mate of the leader of a tribe of gorillas who is grieving the loss of her baby. As Tarzan grows and matures, he yearns for acceptance from his gorilla father and longs to discover the reason for his uniqueness. Eventually, he encounters his first human – Jane Porter, a curious young explorer – and both of their worlds are transformed. Disney’s Tarzan features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song “You’ll Be in My Heart”, and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang.
“I am very excited that Kelrik will be one of the first to stage this new version of the musical, Disney’s Tarzan in Los Angeles. Our audiences will delight in a unique production in the intimate setting of El Portal’s Monroe Theatre,” says Director Erik Austin. “Disney’s Tarzan is not only a great adventure story, but also a beautiful story of family, love and acceptance. The exciting music by Phil Collins sets a jungle beat and will make it the must-see show for audiences of all ages!”
The cast of 18 performers will be led by Tyler Scherer as Tarzan. Tyler will be joined onstage by *Kristin Towers-Rowles playing Jane Porter. Also featured in Disney’s Tarzan will be Katherine Washington (Kala), Dedrick A. Bonner (Kerchak), Tevin Kyrell (Terk), Dylan F. Thomas (Clayton) and *Robert Towers (Professor Porter). The role of Young Tarzan will be performed by Kameron Kotraba and William Spanger. The Ensemble includes Antonio Ardolino, Paige Cerchiara, Darius Elmore, La Raina Gribble, Web Jerome, Jotape Lockwood, Joi Marchetti, and Charles Martinez.
Disney’s Tarzan will be directed by Erik Austin with Musical Direction by Joshua Eli Kranz. The creative team also includes Samantha Maie (Choreographer), Kathleen Forster (Costume Designer) and Keith Wetzel of Costume Capers (Costumer), CraIg Batory, Lighting Design and Stage Manager.
Originally Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions. TARZAN® owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used with permission.
For tickets to TARZAN the Musical please call (818) 508-4200 or visit elportaltheatre.com.
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Performances Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 & 7 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m.
El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in NoHo.
*Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.