“KING KONG will leave a colossal footprint. You can taste the future in this unique and visionary theatrical event, and it's mind-blowing.” The Age
The world’s most epic modern girl-meets-gorilla myth will come alive on Broadway this fall through an innovative mix of animatronics, puppetry, music and stagecraft. KING KONG follows the ambitious young actress Ann Darrow and Carl Denham, the fame-hungry filmmaker as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the world’s greatest wonder. At the center of this 21st-century theatrical reimagining: a 2,000-pound, 20-foot high gorilla and the woman who risks everything to help him.
Christiani Pitts (currently on Broadway in A Bronx Tale) and Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) will take on the roles of Ann Darrow and Carl Denham, respectively. The producers rave “Christiana is an Ann Darrow for our time – plucky, courageous and the master of her own destiny.” Joining the company onstage will be the title character: a one-ton gorilla, crafted by designer Sonny Tilders and animated by a team of 35 on-stage and off-stage puppeteers as he lives and dies for the love of Ann. Several puppeteers are positioned on swinging trapezes and others launch themselves as counterweights off the puppet's shoulders to raise Kong's massive arms as he runs and swipes at planes during the performance. “Really this is a puppet like no other. The sheer scale of him is astonishing enough, but the expression and emotion his operators manage to impart, scurrying across the stage and the beast in a dance to rival the most complicated chorus number, is incredible. It’s unlike anything I've seen on a stage before.” The Guardian If you thought War Horse was spectacular, wait until you see this marvel of technology and artistry.
“KING KONG has redefined the musical form. A dazzling staging that had the Melbourne audience on its feet, howling approval at the curtain-calls.” The Australian
Directed and choreographed by Olivier winner Drew McOnie, KING KONG features an electrifying new score by Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and a book by Jack Thorne, the Olivier Award-winning writer of the smash hit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Don’t miss this exhilarating, emotional encounter with a legend that’s always been too big to contain.
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