Akash Chopra as Mowgli in performance in “The Jungle Book,” with Kevin Carolan as Baloo.
“During rehearsals, Akash stepped on a nail on the stage and hurt himself,” says Carolan, who plays Baloo, the potbellied brown bear. “He got so upset, he was in tears. Which is amazing, because that was the first time I saw him get upset. I’ve seen actors in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond have breakdowns over less. But it took stepping on a nail to make him lose his cool.”