"The Jungle Book" will be the latest Disney musical to hit the stage.

Chicago's Goodman Theatre will debut a musical adaptation of "The Jungle Book" in June 2013. Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman will direct the world premiere. "The Jungle Book" is based on Rudyard Kipling's children's stories and the 1967 Disney film.

The musical will be part of Goodman's 2012-13 season, which was announced Tuesday. The season will include a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" and the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark."


Early blossoms

WASHINGTON -- Washington is getting ready to celebrate 100 years with its famous cherry blossom trees, and peak bloom season is just around the corner.

The National Park Service announced Thursday that the peak bloom dates for the trees' pink and white flowers are expected to be March 24 to March 31. That's when 70 percent of the trees are expected to be in full blossom. The annual cherry blossom festival attracts about 1 million visitors to the nation's capital. The average peak bloom date is April 4, but a mild winter is pushing the peak period earlier.


Still in business

BRANSON, Mo. -- Branson tourism officials are saying most of the damage from last week's tornado was cosmetic and wouldn't prevent most shows from going on.

Branson Area Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Mary Jane Rice says February is generally a slow time, and most of the big-name entertainers generally don't get there until later in the spring.

Rice says she and her co-workers are telling people who call with concerns about the storm damage that Branson is open, and most of the attractions are still available for people who want to come there. Much of the damage involved broken windows and destroyed awnings and neon signs. She estimated most of the debris would be cleaned up within a few days.


Shuttle festival

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Institution plans a four-day festival with NASA to welcome space shuttle Discovery into its collection in April. The National Air and Space Museum announced plans for more than 25 special exhibits, programs and activities to highlight the history of the 30-year space shuttle program and the future of space exploration.

Discovery is scheduled to leave NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the back of a Boeing 747 on April 17 and fly over parts of the Washington area. The Smithsonian is planning "Spot the Shuttle" gatherings at various locations.

A formal ceremony is planned April 19 at the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center next to Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, where it will be displayed.

Compiled from News wire services.