King Kong To Play Broadway
MAY 17, 2017
King Kong, the eagerly anticipated (and often postponed) musical event will finally arrive on Broadway in the Fall of 2018 after making its stage debut in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.
King Kong will play the Broadway Theatre following the limited engagement of Miss Saigon (which announced will begin its North American tour in September 2018). King Kong will be produced by Global Creatures (CEO Carmen Pavlovic) and Roy Furman. Some alterations have been made to the show since its 2013 production.
King Kong will feature a score by four-time Grammy nominee Marius de Vries (the films La La Land, Moulin Rouge, and Romeo + Juliet) with songs by Eddie Perfect, composer and lyricist of the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice, Strictly Ballroom The Musical and Shane Warne The Musical. The book for King Kong, based on the novel of the original 1933 screenplay, is written by Jack Thorne, who received the 2017 Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The stage show of King Kong is a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast.
The show will be directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie, his honors include a trophy for his London production of In the Heights. McOnie directed the U.K. premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, and the recent London productions of The Wild Party and On the Town. He was also Olivier-nominated for his production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Arguably the most-anticipated part of King Kong will be how the title character, a mammoth gorilla who climbs buildings, will be portrayed on the stage. Pioneering creature designer Sonny Tilders developed Kong for the show, uniquely bringing together the worlds of animatronics and puppetry. Tilders was honored by the Helpmann Awards, Australia’s highest theatrical honor, for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement. The rest of King Kong’s design and production team for Broadway will include Peter England (Set Design), Roger Kirk (Costume Design), Peter Mumford (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Gavin Robins (Aerial and King Kong Movement Director).
Further details about casting and ticket availability will be announced at a later date.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.