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The choreography, musical scores and dialog are very sub-standard for a Broadway
production. The Kong puppet was impressive but the on-stage puppeteers were a great
distraction. I could ignore the cables that support Kong but a half dozen puppeteers running
around and crawling on Kong's back ruined the experience. Surely more animatronics could
have solved this. If you are a tourist you may like it but for regular theater goers like me
you'll probably be dissapointed. Professional critic reviews will be in early November. I
expect 5 out of 5 thumbs down and an early closing for this beast of a show.
Terry In DC from Washington, DC
OTHER THAN THE AWESOME PUPPET, NOT MUCH ELSE.
Saw the show October 9. This is one of my favorite American tales and, other than the
awesome puppet, there was little other substance. Some dance scenes seemed
inappropriate. For example, a Depression era apple cart vendor starts to break dance.
There is a scene where Kong battles a giant serpent which reminded me of Chinese New
Year dragon. No memorable songs, weak story line. Radio Theater did a spoken version
several years ago that brought me to tears.
Visitor to Skill Island from New York, New York
WEAK BOOK, REPETITIVE CHOREOGRAPHY, BUT A GREAT KONG
King Kong and the 8-10 people that made him
look so real deserved truly the only standing
ovation, of which that was it Granted this is
only day 15 of their preview period, but there
are a lot of things that just don’t work. Book is
incomplete and scenes that drag the show and,
quite frankly, stopped the momentum
completely. The show just ends and you are
like, “is that the end?” Choreography had some
good bits, but was repetitive and had people
constantly sliding around the floor. There was
one whole scene that was all dancing, no
singing, and I said out loud “that was stupid”
(oops). The music had a few nice songs, but
other than that, nothing to remember and
some of the lyrics were really bad. No set per
se, but great projections and they do a cool
thing with the voyage to Skull Island. The
female lead was miscast and the two male
leads just didn’t have much to work with. Kong
is truly the star of this show and there were
moments that you actually had goosebumps.
Zman from New York, New York
Musical Fan from New York, New York gets 4 stars because he said it the best, Great
Effects, Weak Story Teller
Stacey from New York, New York
SPECIAL EFFECTS DON'T MAKE UP FOR WEAK PLOT AND CAST
I agree with review by Ray Nazzarro. While we stayed for the whole thing, the story was
very weak as was the cast. And although Kong was interesting at first, I agree that the
people working to move Kong jumping around the stage was very distracting.
The only audience members that seemed to really enjoy the show were the boys aged 8-
13 in the audience
Broadway fan from New York, New York from New York, New York
SOUND EFFECTS PHENOMENAL
I was excited with the first scene when King
Kong appeared ... moving projection was
amazingly done but then after that I was
disappointed with the visible onstage
puppeteers aeralists and steel cables
...definitely distractive. They should have also
shown just the front and side view of King
Kong ...his back with the exposed mechanical
parts/ cables were not meant for the audience
to see.Ending was weak .The voyage to Skull
Island and the scene of Kong’s climbing to
Empire State was impressive tho . Sound
effects was phenomenal. As a broadway fan ,
this show is not on my top list to recommend.
Carole Owen from New York, New York
KONG WAS THE ENTIRE SHOW
We got tickets for this, saw the preview on Oct 20th. Kong
himself was very impressive, the effects in general were superb,
but the story line, the singing, the DANCING, was lame. Not one
song made an impression and didn't seem to have any
importance or meaning on the story. Kong doesn't appear until
45 mins into the show, but after that, he is the entire show. Yes
they have 10 puppeteers moving him around but I didn't think
that took away from him. I think it's worth seeing it just for him
and the effects , not the music or storyline.
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