King Kong will take the New York stage next year, hitting the Shubert Organizations’s Broadway Theatre in the fall of 2018. Producers Global Creatures and Roy Furman announced the booking today, and said casting, opening date and ticketing details will be set in the coming months
The long-gestating musical adaptation of King Kong will roar in the Broadway Theatre in fall 2018, producers Global Creatures and Roy Furman announced Wednesday.
The titular ape is manifested through a combination of animatronics and puppetry developed by creature designer Sonny Tilders, as similarly executed in the Walking with Dinosaurs and How to Train Your Dragon arena shows.The stage show is based on the novel of the original 1933 screenplay by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace, and is described as “a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast.”It is authorized by the Merian C. Cooper Estate.
The big ape will arrive at the Shubert following the limited engagement of Miss Saigon, which will begin its North American tour in September 2018.
King Kong was 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, and wrote the critically acclaimed play Let The Right One In.
Direction and choreography will be handled by Drew McOnie, an Olivier winner for the London production of In The Heights. Composing the score is four-time Grammy nominee Marius de Vries (La La Land) with songs by Eddie Perfect, composer and lyricist of the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice.
Creature designer Sonny Tilders developed this Kong with animatronics and puppetry.