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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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2.0 star rating Ray Nazzaro from New York, New York

SO BAD I LEFT BEFORE IT WAS OVER.

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.

2.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating Zman from New York, New York

KING KONG

Musical Fan from New York, New York gets 4 stars because he said it the best, Great Effects, Weak Story Teller

2.0 star rating 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

2.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating 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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