‘King Kong’ to Muscle His Way Onto Broadway
A giant gorilla will take over from a web-slinging superhero at the Foxwoods Theater. According to its Australian producer, the musical version of King Kong will be the next occupant of the Broadway theater where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark recently closed. In an interview with a Melbourne radio station, Gerry Ryan of Global Creatures, the production company presenting the show in that city, stated that the mammoth, $30 million show will be opening at the Foxwoods on Dec. 12. Global Creatures which also presents such special-effects-laden shows as Walking with Dinosaurs and How to Train Your Dragon, has not officially announced Kong’s specific Broadway dates or a theater, only that it will be opening sometime during the 2014-15 season.
King Kong opened in Melbourne last June at the Regent Theater and received strong reviews for its spectacular special effects. The show features a book by Tony nominee Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss) who also contributed to the lyrics and a score that combines revamped 1930s tunes (such as “Get Happy” and “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”) with original songs by a mix of contemporary artists including Sarah McLachlan, Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack, Justice, Guy Garvey from Elbow and The Avalanches. The Australian production includes 49 actors, singers and dancers plus circus performers and puppeteers to control the 20-foot-tall Kong.
“It is the theater capital of the world and, you know, Kong is a natural fit inNew York,” Ryan said during the interview. “They’re very excited to see the big monkey coming to town.”
King Kong is based on the classic 1933 film about a gigantic gorilla discovered by a group of explorers on a tropical island. They capture the beast and bring it toNew York to exhibit. The monster escapes, kidnaps the show’s leading lady and scales theEmpireStateBuilding only to be shot down by dive-bombing airplanes. The film inspired a string of sequels and was remade in 1976 with Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange and again in 2003 with Adrian Brody and Naomi Watts.
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