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‘Jungle Book’ draws Jon Hamm, sets record

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt at Sunday’s “Jungle Book” show.

Huntington Theatre Company

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt at Sunday’s “Jungle Book” show.

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When we heard that Jon Hamm was at Sunday’s performance of the Huntington Theatre Company production of “The Jungle Book,” we had just one question: “Does he still have his Emmys beard?” The answer came back to us in a photo; the beard is still full and going strong. Hamm, who’s getting surgery in Boston this week for a
polyp on his vocal cord
(The actor assured Jimmy Kimmel last week that the procedure “sounds worse than it is”) attended Sunday’s matinee with his longtime partner, Jennifer Westfeldt. The actress stars in the Huntington’s upcoming production of “The Power of Duff,” so we expect that Hamm will return to the theater soon. . . . Speaking of “The Jungle Book,” the Huntington reported on Monday that the musical is officially the highest grossing production in the company’s history. It has grossed $1,584,263 with three weeks left in its run, beating out 2003’s “Butley,” staring Nathan Lane, which made $1,576,699. Huntington Board of Trustees clerk Linda Waintrup and her husband, Daniel, hosted a party with the cast to celebrate the big achievement on Sunday night.

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