We all know the story of Life of Pi, which was also nominated for an Oscar. The story of a boy who travels in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger. The film show returns musically to Broadway.
When a character promises a life story so inspiring that it turns a believer into an atheist, the story had better run out of steam. The Life of Pi, Lolita Chakrabarti’s stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s moving 2001 novel, which opens tonight at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, is unlikely to produce religious converts and renewed confidence in the art of puppets is almost guaranteed.
Starring successful young actor Hiran Abeysekera, who reprises his Olivier Award-winning London performance as the title character, Life of Pi, directed by Max Webster, comes closer to the novel than Ang Lee’s 2012 film adaptation, which it’s grounded in plot, centering around a sea of research rather than writing a book and, of course, replacing the CGI beasts with enough fully articulated life-size puppets to populate a zoo or at least a lifeboat. All on board are the occasional hyena, an orangutan, a zebra, a bizarre sea turtle, a hyena-fed water rat, and most impressive of all, a giant Bengal tiger with the unlikely name of Richard Parker. (Hollywood Reporter)
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You won’t be surprised how the creatures and young Pi end up sharing a small boat in the Pacific, whether you’ve read the novel or seen the movie, and if you haven’t experienced either, Life of Pi has a delivery system. outreach ready and waiting.
When the zoo’s fearsome creatures soon eat one another, Pi finds himself lured into a rather peaceful coexistence as the last man with the wild Richard Parker, the 450-pound jungle cat, through some circus training tips that Pi ghostly remembers a visit from his animal-loving father.
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However, the boy knows how to weave an excellent story. Even Broadway audiences, still mesmerized by the milky white bovine of Into the Woods and the gigantic prehistoric creatures of Lincoln Center’s The Skin of Our Teeth, will love Creatures of Pi, courtesy of Finn Caldwell, director of Puppetry and Movement, and his colleague. Designer’s nickname.