The king of the apes and his lady love swing to the stage in this adaptation of the Disney film.



Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2
Keyboard 3


The king of the apes and his lady love swing to the stage in this adaptation of the Disney film.


This orchestration was developed and reworked from the Original Broadway version for the secondary licensing market in 2012.

This show is orchestrated to be player-conducted from the Keyboard 1 book. Several productions with larger orchestras have had a separate stick conductor which works well too.There are 3 keyboard books in this show all with lots of programming.

As mentioned, Key 1 is the conductor book as well as the primary piano book and has over 50 unique instrument patches and over 100 patch changes. Some of the other sounds in the programming include strings, various pianos, synth elements, clavinet, brass, harp, and celeste just to name a few. This book requires an advanced player who is able to navigate the playing and the programming while leading the rest of the musicians.

Keyboard 2 has twice as many instrument sounds as Keyboard 2 and really adds depth to the live musicians. The sounds in this book cover everything from Strings to Mallet Percussion, Woodwinds to Brass, and Synth Pads to Analog Synths. With over 200 patch changes in this book alone, this book would best be played by a proficient player who has experience playing shows with lots of programming elements.

Keyboard 3 has over 100 patches and nearly 250 patch changes so much like Keyboard 3, this book will require an excellent player who has experience playing shows with lots of programming. Keyboard 3 also has lots of strings and Orchestral sounds like brass, woodwinds, and percussion, but there are more Synth elements and sounds in this book as well as some organ and triggered SFX.


Music & Lyrics by: Phil Collins
Book by: David Henry Hwang
Music orchestrated by: Doug Besterman
Based on the Disney film “Tarzan“, Screenplay by: Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Based on the story ”Tarzan of the Apes” by: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Based on the Disney film “Tarzan“, Directed by: Kevin Lima and Chris Buck
Vocal arrangements by: Paul Bogaev
Dance arrangements by: Jim Abbott
Musical Director: Jim Abbott
Music Produced by: Paul Bogaev

Conducted by: Jim Abbott
Associate Conductor: Ethan Popp
Keyboard 1: James Abbott
Keyboard 2: Ethan Popp
Keyboard 3: Martyn Axe
Drums: Gary Seligson
Percussion: Roger Squitero and Javier Diaz
Bass: Hugh Mason
Guitar: J.J. McGeehan
Cello: Jeanne LeBlanc
Flutes: Anders Bostrom
Reeds: Charles Pillow
Trumpet: Anthony Kadleck
Trombone: Bruce Eidem
French Horn: Theresa MacDonnell
Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller
Music Preparation: Anixter Rice Music Service


Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart,” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds,” make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe’s territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.


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