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It's not just the mammoth Kong that helps carry the show but also Pitts, who plays the marathon role of Ann with infinite resilience and resolve

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Why See King Kong?

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KING KONG GRABS THREE 2019 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS!

He swatted away biplanes from atop the Empire State Building in the classic 1933 movie, and now King Kong returns to New York in a groundbreaking Broadway musical. This epic adventure closely follows the story of the original film, taking us deep into the dark heart of the jungle, and showing man's arrogance in thinking he can control mother nature. At the center of this dazzling production is Kong himself, a giant animatronic puppet which towers over its human co-stars, and requires a team of thirteen stagehands to operate it.

Originally premiering in Melbourne in 2013, King Kong had been slated to hit The Great White Way as soon as 2014. In the intervening years, the show has been completely revamped, with much of the creative team being replaced. The book now comes from JK Rowling's The Cursed Child co-writer Jack Thorne, while buzzed about director Drew McOnie (In the Heights) is at the helm.

This new musical picks up three 2019 Tony Award nominations, including Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and Best Sound Design of a Musical, so there's no doubting that this Broadway show is a visual masterpiece. 

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One of Hollywood's greatest achievements, the original King Kong set the template for every monster movie that would follow. Featuring amazing stop-motion effects, and an iconic scream queen performance by Fay Wray, Kong proved to be a huge hit, and has since been remade twice, once in 1976, and again in 2005 by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. Kong appeared on screen most recently in 2016 in Kong: Skull Island, a loose adaptation that updated the action to the 1970s.

What is King Kong About?

At the height of the Great Depression, a lonely ship makes it way out of New York harbor, bound for the remote Skull Island. On board is a film crew under the direction of the ambitious Carl Denham, as well as leading lady Ann Darrow, a struggling actress who thinks she has landed the part of a lifetime. Little does she know the horrors that await her, for Denham has not chosen to shoot on Skull Island just for its beautiful scenery, but because he has heard whispers of a terrifying monster that lurks in its jungle.

After landing, the crew stumble upon the island's natives, who kidnap Ann and present her as an offering to their god 'Kong'. The rumors Denham has heard are proven all too true when a gigantic ape emerges through the trees and snatches Ann away. The crew follow in hot pursuit, with the aim of not only rescuing Ann, but also of capturing the beast and taking him back to America.

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Dates

Previews from: 5 October 2018

Opening night: 8 November 2018

Audience

8+

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes

Cast and Creative

Cast

Christiani Pitts as Anna Darrow
Eric William Morris as Carl Denham
Erik Lochtefeld as Lumpy

Ashley Andrews, Mike Baerga, Rhaamel Burke-Missouri, Chloe Campbell, Leroy Church, Peter Chursin, Jovan Dansberry, Bradley Dean, Casey Garvin, Christopher Grant, Lauren Yalango Grant, Khadija Griffith, Jon Hoche, Gabriel Hyman, Curt James, James T. Lane, Marty Lawson, Jonathan MacMillan, Danny Miller, Brittany Marcell Monachino, Jennifer Noble, Kristen Oei, Eliza Ohman, Roberto Olvera, Kayla Davion Robertson, Jacquez Andre Sims, Akron Watson, Jacob Williams, Warren Yang, David Yijae

Creative

Book by Jack Thorne
Directed by Drew McOnie
Lyrics by Eddie Perfect
Music by Marius de Vries
Set Design by Peter England
Creature Design by Sonny Tilders,
Costume Design by Roger Kirk ,
Lighting Design by Peter Mumford
Sound Design by Peter Hylenski
Aerial and King Kong Movement Direction by Gavin Robins

Awards

2019 Tony awards - Nominations

Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Peter Mumford
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Peter England
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Peter Hylenski

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IMPRESSIVE Thrilling spectacular

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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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