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André de Shields (King Louie) and Akash Chopra (Mowgli) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of “The Jungle Book.” (Liz Lauren photo)

André de Shields (King Louie) and Akash Chopra (Mowgli) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of “The Jungle Book.” (Liz Lauren photo)

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Welcome to the jungle: ‘The Jungle Book’ play is a joyful dream at Huntington Theatre

Author Rudyard Kipling transformed the 19th-century colonial India of his childhood into a realm of adventure in "The Jungle Book." In turn, Walt Disney recast Kipling’s dark tales into a high-spirited 1967 animated musical movie. Now onstage at the Huntington Theatre through Oct. 20 is a sweetly spectacular live production of "The Jungle Book," directed by Tony Award winner and MacArthur Fellowship ("genius award") recipient Mary Zimmerman.