New in 2018 Based on the 1932 novel and 1933 film, a new musical stage adaptation with a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast.
From the producers: "King Kong" comes alive on Broadway through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry and stagecraft. Follow an ambitious young actress and a maverick filmmaker as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining: a 2,000-pound gorilla brought roaring to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. Don't miss this larger-than-life encounter with a legend that's always been too big to contain.
The character King Kong has become one of the world's most famous movie icons, having inspired countless sequels, remakes, spin-offs, imitators, parodies, cartoons, books, comics, video games, theme park rides, and a stage play. His role in the different narratives varies, ranging from a rampaging monster to a tragic antihero. The new musical adaptation opened at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.
The production features a one-ton, six-meter-tall silverback gorilla puppet as its star. Engineered, designed and built by Global Creature Technology in West Melbourne, Australia, King Kong was the largest puppet ever created for the stage. Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie ("Strictly Ballroom," "In the Heights"), directs and choreographs.
The result is a Kong is like nothing you've ever seen on stage. The puppet is a 20-foot-tall marvel...the result is an inanimate object that feels alive. If only the musical lived up to its star...none of the characters or songs are as compelling as the creature. The songs lean toward easy melodies and rhymes, and none will stick with audience members. The Kong puppet is an impressive feat you'll need to see for yourself. The rest of the show, though, doesn't command that sort of attention.
AM New York
Technically innovative and absolutely ridiculous...[The] pop-style songs are embarrassingly insipid. The dialogue is flat, serving primarily to move the plot along and stall for time. Flashy hip-hop movement is repeatedly thrown in for no apparent reason. That being said, Kong is a wonder of contemporary stagecraft. With such expressive and exacting physical detail, sweeping bodily movements and shaded facial expressions. Kong is a living, feeling creature giving one of the best performances on Broadway.