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André De Shields to star in Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Jungle Book’

Broadway veteran André De Shields will play King Louie the orangutan; veteran Boston actor Thomas Derrah will play Kaa, the wily serpent; and 10-year-old Akash Chopra will play little boy Mowgli in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of “The Jungle Book” when it opens at the Huntington Theatre Company in September.

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories and the 1967 Disney animated film, the world-premiere production will begin performances at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in June and come to Boston Sept. 7-Oct. 6.

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