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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

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3.0 star rating Paul miles from New York, New York

KING KONG

positive -fantastic settings and special effects -the ape looked almost human with sad eyes and facial expressions -the lead actress was great although her screams were no match for those of Fay Wray -show had "heart" -audience was enthusiastic negative -midway through the first act the show was interrupted for several minutes by "technical difficulties" as the dinosaur could not be controlled. Could be a recurring problem due to the complex machinery involved -the large number of puppeteers were a distraction and distract from the perfomance -story line can't and doesn't match that of the movie version -tourists will love it but I doubt they will pay the prices needed to recover the $35 million capital investment involved

3.0 star rating Nancy from Boston Ma

KING KONG ON BROADWAY

I wish I could say I loved it all. In reality, loved the puppet and the special effects.the story was a classic, retold weakly. No depth of character development, it was all surface and trite. Songs were nothing memorable, and the finale song did not match the theme of the show, if that makes sense. I was surprised when the curtain went down after that, it was that unworthy of designation as the finale. So we left thinking “ great special effects” but that does notmake a great show.

3.0 star rating Nor from New York, New York

KING KONG

The special effects of king were amazing. We were mesmerized. The story and music were lame and forgettable. We were bored unless kong was on stage. Could have done a better job with the script.

3.0 star rating Geri from New York, New York

LOTS OF FLASH. NO SUBSTANCE.

If you are a fan of the film you will be dissapointed. They completely changed the story line and what was shown fell flat. It just didn't work. The music and the dancing was just horrible. In some parts i just laughed because it was just that bad. It was too busy and the music was not memorable at all. The scenery and the special effects were cool and I applaud them on that. But, Kong was the real saving grace of the show. It was amazing seeing it for the first time He was huge and that roar really did frighten me. The puppeteers can't be avoided and didnt really bother me. It was everything else. I think if you've never seen a Broadway show you would think this was great. But as an avid Broadway fan it just did not hit up to par. I think the show is great for kids or people who have no perception of what Broadway is. Overall, i would not reccomend this show.

3.0 star rating Alex from New York, New York

LIKED SOME OF IT

The puppet is amazing. This is not a traditional musical so go in with different expectations. It doesn’t follow the normal rules. There is way too much dancingthat has nothing to do with the story. The direction is all over the place. There were some great songs )just wish they had been better directed / many seem chopped up so much with random dancing going on all the freaking time )...loved the last song called I’m Free or something like that. It made me cry. I also loved the Queen of New York. Liked the modernity of the music. Generally liked it a lot - it’s worth it and if you have kids it’s a great family alternative to Disney.

3.0 star rating A Petrizzo from New York, New York

GREAT EFFECTS, MEDIOCRE STORYTELLING

I am a huge fan of the original 1933 classic so I had very high expectations to see how this would translate live. Let’s start with the positive. The special effects are really impressive. I was excited every time Kong appeared on stage. The sets were also very well done, especially the voyage to Skull Island. The not so positive. For some reason the writers tried to make Ann Darrow some kind of Disney warrior princess. I understand that everyone wants to update a classic but when a formula works, stick with it. Trying to make Ann Darrow a characature of a modern independent women while placing her in a period piece didn’t work for me. I also thought they could have done much more with the musical numbers , again using the time frame as inspiration. Did no one know who Busby Berkeley was in this production? The music was forgettable. So, if you want to see a visually exciting and innovative spectacle go see King Kong, but if you are looking for a beautiful musical, skip it.

2.0 star rating Keith from Jersey

IT WAS BEAUTY THAT KILLED THE BEAST AND THIS SHOW

Think War Horse without the magnificent dialogue and riveting story. It's a decent puppet show, not a good Broadway Musical. The puppeteers are distracting, even from my last row seat., The story is basic, the songs uninspiring. The acting, perhaps fueled by a weak script, especially in the first act, is not very convincing. On the positive side the second act is better than the first and Kong gets the audience excited every time he's on stage, due to the special effects. His roar is genuine and heartfelt. The female whom he builds a special relationship with, has a roar that is unemotional and embarrassing. You can feel his pain. Her guilt, on the other hand, that is caused by her betrayal, is not truly felt by the audience. This version of Kong may appeal to the tourist, but not to a true Broadway goer.

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