Redlands, CA- Redlands Bowl Performing Arts is pleased to announce Tarzan ®, the stage musical based on the Disney film, has been selected as the musical for the 94th Season of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. The show will be directed by Paul Jacques, whose previous directing credits at the Redlands Bowl include Hairspray, Oliver! and The Music Man.
“We are so thrilled to present Tarzan for the first time at the Bowl this summer. It is wonderful to have Paul Jacques back again as producer/director,” said Beverly Noerr, Executive Director of the Redlands Bowl. “We look forward to seeing Paul transform the Bowl stage into the wilds of the jungle! This enchanting story and award-winning score are sure to delight audiences of all ages.”
Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. Hits, like the Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart,” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds,” make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.
“We know our young audience members (and those young at heart!) will love Tarzan, and will be singing the tunes of its catchy score long after its run this summer. Drawing young people to the Bowl is a huge priority for us, and part of our ongoing strategy to grow Redlands Bowl audiences of the future,” said Valerie Peister, Director of Programming for the Redlands Bowl.
Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe’s territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.
“I am excited to be back at the Bowl for the coming Summer Music Festival and producing such an iconic show. My production staff and I are looking forward to continuing the fine tradition of the excellent summer musicals that have come before us. We can’t wait for the auditions and rehearsals to begin!” said Jacques.
Paul Jacques is an award-winning writer, actor, fight choreographer, scenic designer, producer and director with over 200 stage, film, radio, television and commercial credits. As a director, Paul has directed productions of The Music Man, Hairspray, 9 to 5, Sweeney Todd, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Phantom, and been honored by the Inland Theatre League award for his work on two separate productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was privileged to direct Broadway’s original Joseph, Bill Hutton, in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Some of his other directing credits include Fiddler on the Roof, I Hate Hamlet (ITL Award, Scenic Design), Celadine (ITL Award), Glengarry Glen Ross (ITL Award), The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew (ITL Award), Little Shop of Horrors (ITL Award), The Music Man and Godspell. Paul last appeared on stage as Elliot in the West Coast Premiere of Charles Evered’s Class (ITL Founder’s Award). Other roles include Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), Mortimer Brewster (Arsenic and Old Lace), Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Edmund (King Lear-ITL Award), Matt (The Fantasticks), Cornelius (Hello, Dolly!), and Curly (Oklahoma!). As a writer, Paul has had 20 scripts staged, and has written for the City of Riverside on projects such as the Grier Pavilion and the Fox Theater opening. He has worked with organizations such as Ordinance 14 Films, Syfy Channel and the Ruskin Theatre of Santa Monica. He is on the theatre faculty at San Bernardino Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, California Baptist University and CSU San Bernardino, is an Artist in Residence with the Riverside Arts Council, holds an AA in Music from RCC, a BA in Theatre from UCR, and an MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts from UCR. Paul also portrays Charles Dickens for the Riverside Dickens Festival and is a Co-Founder of 3 Theatre Group of Riverside. He lives in Riverside with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters, Katharina, and Olivia and Cassandra.