The Jungle Book

Long before Disney's "The Lion King," there was another story about a young cub learning how to become a man with help of some unlikely animal comrades. In "The Jungle Book," based on Rudyard Kipling's collection of short stories, we follow Mowgli, who's raised by the wolves, taunted by a gaggle of monkeys, and taught "The Bear Necessities" by a portly character named Baloo.

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These classic moments come to colorful life in Goodman Theatre's fantastically inventive stage production of The Jungle Book, which features eye-popping costumes, dizzying choreography and a toe-tapping score, which melds together American Jazz with exotic Indian style. Director Mary Zimmerman, who conceived the piece, has assembled a diverse and exciting cast, who bring the jungle to life onstage each night. 

The show has proven a hit with families and school groups, and has extended until August 18. To help prepare you for this rare theatrical event, Goodman Theatre, working with the City of Chicago, is offering a free screening of the 1967 Disney classic at Millennium Park on July 23 at 7:30 pm. 

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