A new version of the very successful Chanuka children musical TARZAN AND JANE will be shown in Pesach as well in the other holidays of the year in the the best place to show Tarzan Adventures , in the Safari of Ramat Gan where real animals roam free in imitation of the African wild areas .
the stars will be Gay Arieli as Tarzan and Yael Dueni ( sister of well known children super star, Roni Dueni ) as Jane . one of the other actors will be Zachi Noi as a comic criminal .
The musical was written by well known humorist and play writer Ephraim Sidon and directed by Hanoch Rosenne,both of which had already collaborated on a hugely successful and prize-winning adaptation of the JUNGLE BOOK of Kipling .
The original stars of the musical were two of the best known stars of today Israeli enterntaiment world not least because of their good look. This are models –actors Yehuda Levy ( who plays (Tarzan ) and Yael Bar Zohar ( Jane
with Tal Mussari as Tarzan's chimp sidekick, Chita ( a role now playes by Erez Weiss Bar Zohar had already appeared as Jane in a 1999 children program for the children channel which was a parodic take on the Tarzan story and in which Jane was presented as the shrewish wife of a particularly stupid Tarzan and fighting for his attention against rival a beautiful woman explorer. At one point in that movie she had even left him for a black chief! But all was end well and she returned to Tarzan hands.
that half hour movie was filmed in the Israeli “apes park” of Bet Shaman.
As children musicals for a holiday go this is a good one . It describes the first meeting of Tarzan and Jan in the jungle and their fight with two evil white men who wants to kidnaps Tarzan to circus . Part of the plot which Boroughs woudnt probably recognize was having Jane defeats by herself the 2 criminals and saving Tarzan! . However the writer Sidon report that the burroughs family representative looked very closely on the story and the musical development and enjoyed it very much. .
It remines to be seen if the new group of actors will be inspires to do even a better job of adapting Tarzan adventures in the “natural” place , in the safari .
For pictures from the original show look at the official site
Hebrew article on the musical is here