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Goodman's enchanting 'Jungle Book' delights the ears and eyes

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Young Mowgli (Akash Chopra), left, finds a friend in the easygoing Baloo in Goodman Theatre's "The Jungle Book," adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman.

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Andre De Shields' King Louis, left center, entertains young Mowgli (Akash Chopra) and brings down the house with his raucous rendition of "I Wanna Be Like You" in Goodman Theatre's spectacular production of "The Jungle Book," directed and adapted by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman.

courtesy of Liz Lauren

The panther Bagheera (Usman Ally), right, counsels the man-cub Mowgli (Akash Chopra) in Goodman Theatre's world-premiere stage adaptation of "The Jungle Book," which is co-produced by Boston's Huntington Theatre Company.

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The elephant brigade -- under the command of the slightly dotty Colonel Hathi (Ed Kross), center -- gets some assistance from the man-cub Mowgli (Akash Chopra) in Goodman Theatre's world premiere of "The Jungle Book."

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Vultures try to lure young Mowgli (Akash Chopra), who has run away from the pals who want to return him to his village, in Goodman Theatre's "The Jungle Book," inspired by Rudyard Kipling's stories and the 1967 Disney film.

courtesy of Liz Lauren

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Sixteen months after The Goodman Theatre announced artistic associate Mary Zimmerman would helm a stage adaptation of "The Jungle Book," the highly anticipated production has arrived. It was worth the wait. Gorgeous-looking, with an irresistible score and an ebullient cast, "The Jungle Book" -- adapted from Rudyard Kipling's tales and Disney's animated 1967 film -- is the next glittering jewel in Goodman's crown.
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    • Young Mowgli (Akash Chopra), left, finds a friend in the easygoing Baloo in Goodman Theatre's “The Jungle Book,” adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman.
    •  Andre De Shields’ King Louis, left center, entertains young Mowgli (Akash Chopra) and brings down the house with his raucous rendition of “I Wanna Be Like You” in Goodman Theatre’s spectacular production of “The Jungle Book,” directed and adapted by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman.
    •  The panther Bagheera (Usman Ally), right, counsels the man-cub Mowgli (Akash Chopra) in Goodman Theatre’s world-premiere stage adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” which is co-produced by Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company.
    •  The elephant brigade — under the command of the slightly dotty Colonel Hathi (Ed Kross), center — gets some assistance from the man-cub Mowgli (Akash Chopra) in Goodman Theatre’s world premiere of “The Jungle Book.”
    •  Vultures try to lure young Mowgli (Akash Chopra), who has run away from the pals who want to return him to his village, in Goodman Theatre’s “The Jungle Book,” inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s stories and the 1967 Disney film.
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