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Check Out John Kander's New Dance Play The Beast in the Jungle

The new dance-driven work runs at the Vineyard Theatre.

Video footage from Vineyard Theatre's world-premiere production of The Beast in the Jungle has been released.

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) runs 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.


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