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The Beast in the Jungle Announces Second Extension

John Kander and David Thompson's original "dance play," starring Tony Yazbeck, will now run through June 24.

Tony Yazbeck leads the cast of The Beast in the Jungle.
(© Carol Rosegg)

Vineyard Theatre's artistic directors, Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, have announced the second extension of the world-premiere production of The Beast in the Jungle. This original dance play by legendary composer and four-time Tony Award winner John Kander (Cabaret), Tony-nominated playwright David Thompson (Steel Pier), and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers) will extend through Sunday, June 24.

The Beast in the Jungle features Teagle F. Bougere (The Crucible), former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko (Grand Hotel), and Tony nominees Peter Friedman (Ragtime) and Tony Yazbeck (On the Town). Maira Barriga (Miami City Ballet's corps de ballet), Elizabeth Dugas (The Metropolitan Opera's The Merry Widow), Sara Esty (An American in Paris), Leah Hofmann (Something Rotten!), Naomi Kakuk (The Producers), Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer (Bullets Over Broadway), Erin N. Moore (Shuffle Along), and Clifton Samuels (Follies) complete the cast.

Inspired by Henry James's classic 1903 novella, The Beast in the Jungle is the story of John Marcher, a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents. With a waltz-inspired instrumental score and dazzling choreography that traverses the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance, this powerful and romantic tale of love and loss reunites the remarkable creative team behind the Vineyard's acclaimed production of The Scottsboro Boys.

The award-winning design team includes scenic and costume design by Michael Curry (Frozen), lighting design by Ben Stanton (Fun Home), sound design by Peter Hylenski (Frozen), wig design by David Bova (Sunset Boulevard), music arrangements by Sam Davis (An American in Paris), orchestrations by Davis and Greg Anthony Rassen (Bandstand), and music supervision by David Loud (The Scottsboro Boys). The production stage manager is Johnny Milani.

The Vineyard's productions have been honored with two Pulitzer Prizes, five Tony Awards, and numerous Drama Desk, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel awards.