Stage Review: TARZAN at Tuacahn

Stage Review: TARZAN at Tuacahn
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By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic)

I took my daughter to Disney’s Tarzan at Southern Utah’s Tuacahn Ampitheatre, and tarzanit’s as masterful a stage production as I’ve ever witnessed. In terms of story and character it’s an improvement over the already-strong Disney film, with moments of powerful emotional resonance among the energetic dancing, vertigo-inducing vine-swinging, and wondrous jungle sets.

Scott Mulligan makes for an athletic and empathic Tarzan and Tuacahn star Kari Yancy brings strength and intelligence to Jane. Korie Lee Blossey and Belen Moyano, as Tarzan’s adopted gorilla parents, give raw performances of real tenderness and power. How they have the energy to deliver underneath heavy makeup in the desert heat is beyond me (they don’t benefit from the misters and giant fans like the audience). Phil Collins’ music for the film blends well with his new songs for the play. This is fantastic theatre.

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For tickets, please visit tuacahn.org/online

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Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality. 

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