Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — Broadway YouTube video show preview.
What: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Show
Where: PLAYING AT
RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE
Average Weekly Schedule:
PREVIEW MAR 11, 11
OPENING MAR 31, 11
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — Broadway show is at the Richard Rodgers Theatre following previews from March 11. directed by Kaufman, this production is set to feature Robin Williams in the title role, with Glenn Davis as Tom, Brad Fleischer as Kev, Hrach Titizian as Uday, Sheila Vand as Hadia, Necar Zadegan as Leper, and Arian Moayed as Musa.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a play by Rajiv Joseph. The show is about "a tiger that haunts the streets of present day Baghdad seeking the meaning of life. As he witnesses the puzzling absurdities of war, the tiger encounters Americans and Iraqis who are searching for friendship, redemption, and a toilet seat made of gold."
A tiger lives in the Baghdad Zoo. He tells the audience that most of the animals have fled to "freedom" because of the Iraq War, only to be shot dead by soldiers. That night, American soldiers come to guard the zoo. The tiger, driven by fear and hunger, bites off the hand of Tom, a soldier. Kev, another soldier, shoots the tiger, mortally wounding him. He dies slowly.
Kev finds himself haunted by the ghost of the tiger, who wanders about Baghdad. Due to an outburst while searching an Iraqi's home, Kev is sent to the hospital. Back in Baghdad with a prosthetic hand, Tom pays a visit to Kev less out of compassion for a broken-minded buddy than for a more practical purpose.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — Broadway is revealed that the gun Kev used to shoot the tiger was taken from the palace of the late Uday Hussein. Tom wants the gun back so he can start a new life in the United States by selling not only the gold-plated gun, but a solid gold toilet seat. During the exchange, however, the gun falls into the hands of Uday's former gardener, Musa, who is also working as a translator for the soldiers. He is visited repeatedly by Uday's ghost.
The rest of the show involves the living characters interacting with the dead ones as the war happens around them.