King Kong Swings into Broadway with New Musical

We’ve seen Evil Dead: The Musical, Re-Animator, Carrie, The Toxic Avenger, and (my personal favorite title) Silence! The Musical, but never before has a horror movie musical adaptation been this big in scale. I’m talkin’ King Kong big.

With the excitement following Kong: Skull Island as well as the upcoming Kong vs Godzilla, it seems like a prime time to bring the production to life in New York.

As reported by the New York Times, King Kong is the brainchild of an Australian animatronics company. The only previous production was in Melbourne.

There had been talks of bringing it to Broadway with an initial goal of a 2013 release, but the project was delayed. The show had gained high praise for sheer spectacle, but the script and story were lacking.

Writer Jack Thorne, hot off the success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has signed on to rework the script. It seems like they’re committed to making this massive (and I mean ‘the main character is 20 feet tall’ massive) production actually work.

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Kong himself is powered by a combination of automation, infared technology, and multiple human performers. You can probably think of him as a jacked-up War Horse.

Also like War Horse, King Kong will not sing or speak (dangit!). But he will have a live actor producing Kong’s sounds through the performance. I’d like to watch those auditions, please.

There’s no cast list as of yet, but it will be directed by Drew McOnie (choreographer of London’s In the Heights and Jesus Christ Superstar), with a score by Marius de Vries and songs by Eddie Perfect.

This “contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast” will be adapted from a novelization of the screenplay of the 1933 film.

King Kong will conquer Broadway in the fall of 2018.

Does your inner theatre nerd need more news? Check out our article on the upcoming Beetlejuice musical!

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