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The Beast in the Jungle Ends Rehearsals as Performances Set to Begin

The world-premiere dance play begins performances May 4.

Irina Dvorovenko and the company of The Beast in the Jungle in rehearsal.
(© Andrew Jarman)

Vineyard Theatre's world-premiere production of The Beast in the Jungle is wrapping up rehearsals ahead of performances beginning May 4 ahead of an opening night set for May 23. Recently extended through June 17, the dance play features music by John Kander, a book by David Thompson, and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.

Tony Yazbeck stars in The Beast in the Jungle.
(© Andrew Jarman)

Adapted from 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 tale of love and loss reunites the remarkable creative team behind the Vineyard's acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys.

Irina Dvorovenko stars in The Beast in the Jungle.
(© Andrew Jarman)

The show's company is led by Irina Dvorovenko (The Americans), a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer; Tony nominees Tony Yazbeck (On the Town) and Peter Friedman (Ragtime); and Teagle F. Bougere (The Crucible). They are joined by Maira Barriga (Miami City Ballet), Elizabeth Dugas (The Merry Widow), Leah Hofmann (Something Rotten!), Naomi Kakuk (The Producers), Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer (Bullets Over Broadway), and Erin Moore (Shuffle Along).

Peter Friedman and Irina Dvorovenko share a scene.
(© Andrew Jarman)

The production features scenic and costume design by Michael Curry, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Peter Hylenski, and music supervision by David Loud.

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