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The Beast in the Jungle

 



Adapted from Henry James’ novella, a new musical that delves into the mind and life of John Marcher, a man preoccupied by the belief that a great catastrophe awaits him.

From the producers: Inspired by Henry James’ 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.

Henry James 1903 novella was first published as part of the collection, "The Better Sort." Almost universally considered one of James' finest short narratives, this story treats appropriately universal themes: loneliness, fate, love and death. The parable of John Marcher and his peculiar destiny has spoken to many readers who have speculated on the worth and meaning of human life. "The Beast in the Jungle," is a collaboration between Tony-winning composer John Kander, Tony-nominated playwright David Thompson, and Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman. The three previously collaborated with the late Fred Ebb on "The Scottsboro Boys."

The cast features former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko (FX's "The Americans"), Tony Award nominees Tony Yazbeck ("On the Town") and Peter Friedman ("Ragtime"), and Teagle F. Bougere ("The Crucible"). They are joined by Maira Barriga, Elizabeth Dugas, Leah Hofmann, Naomi Kakuk, Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer and Erin Moore.

What's The Vineyard? Somehow, this theatre has managed to accomplish what most theatres of its scale only dream of - balancing an older, wealthy subscriber base with genuinely quirky, enjoyable, and adventuresome artistic agenda. Rarely spectacular but usually interesting, the shows tend to focus on the writing. For the most part, it's unpretentious, skilled, and fun stuff. More here.

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