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King Kong Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 36



5.0 star rating JoAnn Williams from Newcastle Australia


I saw King Kong live in Melbourne Australia at the World Premier in 2013. The theatre buzzed with excitement and anticipation as people filed into the theatre to await this amazing musical. It all started as any other musical until the explorer team arrived in the jungle. We first knew Kong was approaching by the tremendous roar which resounded through the theatre. The audience erupted into cheers and applause. Goose bumps erupted over my body as the great creature could be heard running through the jungle. Once he appeared the emotion in myself and the audience was clearly visible. The first sighting of Kong brought people to their feet with more intense cheering and applause. I still have goose bumps return to my body every time I tell someone about this amazing experience. Behold New Yorkers you are in for an experience beyond imagination and certainly one that Broadway has never seen before. Hold onto your seats as this is a wild ride.

5.0 star rating Carry Spier from New York, New York


The acting and singing were all you would expect on Broadway, excellent. The dancing, however, was unique and special with beautiful execution. And then there was Kong...the Magnificent!!!. There has never been anything like him. Coupled with the lighting and scenery, the audience was mezmerized when we weren't cheering. It was amazing how much emotion was displayed on Kongs face. I think the will have to create a new category of Tony just for Kong.

5.0 star rating Sylvia Abdelsalam from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey


Wow! Saw this magnificent show last night, October 5th, opening night. The director welcomed us and then we sat back and saw a spectacular work of art! Of course, it could have been done completely as a mechanical piece; but the puppeteers, (along with robotics and stagecraft) made it even more interesting to watch! and I loved it. The movements, size, sound, and set pieces were amazing! I felt like I was on the ship to Skull Island from the get go. Not a dull moment and the acting was superb! The climbing up the Empire State was so mesmerizing, too. Just a few little things...water should be in Kong's hand when given to Ann...didn't see a drop, dirt should be seen when Ann soothes his leg from the bite, (there was nothing), and a bit abrupt from Kong to the Carl and Lumpy scene which has great dialogue between the two. Also, I would have had a blackout right before the end of Act I when Kong goes dialogue..just a blackout. This would make it more powerful. Still loved it!

5.0 star rating BSB from New York, New York


Trust audiences, this show is great and like nothing else on Broadway. Ignore some critics who don't know how to relax and enjoy the spectacular Kong, see if for yourself. You'll enjoy it and the Kong is amazing. Christiani Pitts is also wonderful with a strong Ann Darrow who's no damsel in distress now.

5.0 star rating Douglas Mason from State College, PA


Seeing "King Kong" on Halloween was the capstone of my honeymoon in Boo York City, My wife and I were thoroughly entertained for over two hours by the stagecraft and music,. Kong makes his appearance about a third of the way into the show, and the puppet alone is worth the price of admission. Much more awe inspiring than anything at the Universal Studios theme parks. We were in the seventh row, and when Kong stepped to the edge of the stage at one point, it is truly breath-taking. He is over 20 feet high and weighs more than a ton (it takes 14 puppeteers to seamlessly operate the giant ape). Kong is fierce but doesn't kill anyone in this telling, so take the kids, by all means, I was a little disappointed by the fight scene with a giant snake...I would have preferred a carnivore from "Walking with Dinosaurs." I find it troubling that so many critics panned "King Kong"...I'm a passionate fan of the 1933 film classic and embrace this musical completely. Go see it by April 14.

5.0 star rating Gw from New York, New York


Grab the family and go see it. Epic effects, Kong has human feelings and the cast can sing

5.0 star rating LINDA LEVEN WWW.LINDALEVEN.COM from New York, New York


King Kong was great! The special effects, the lighting, the staging, the ingenious way they did the voyage, showed Kong going up the Empire State, the ending -- all were simply so creative and exciting to watch. The dancing was excellent, the 3 main actors were dynamic and charismatic. The only disappointment was the score. The music existed, but was un-melodious and not very memorable. Still, the show generally was thrilling and fun, and I would advise everyone to see it.


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You don't have to explain who King Kong is to most! The iconic character became a household name from his first appearance in the 1933 film starring Fay Wray (Ann Darrow).

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