‘The Jungle Book’: An uneven stage version of Disney’s animated hit

The Jungle Book / Liz Lauren
The Jungle Book / Liz Lauren

Tony-winning director Mary Zimmerman creates eye-popping Indian-influenced stage imagery for her new stage musical, but she struggles to reconcile the dramatic discrepancies between her two competing sources: the 1967 animated hit (with cheery tunes such as “Bare Necessities”) and Rudyard Kipling’s considerably darker 1894 children’s book. Check out my full review on EW.com

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