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KING KONG
                              Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street, NYC
                              Book by Jack Thorne
                              Composer and Music Producer Marius de Vries
                              Songwriter Eddie Perfect
                              Directed and Choreographed by Drew McOnie

The new musical King Kong performaned on Friday, October 5 prior to it's Thursday, November 8 opening night at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). The cast is led by Christiani Pitts (A Bronx Tale) as Ann Darrow, Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham, and Erik Lochtefeld (Misery, Metamorphoses) as Lumpy.

The King Kong ensemble includes: 

Ashley Andrews (Broadway Debut), Mike Baerga (Miss Saigon), Rhaamell Burke-Missouri (Broadway Debut, Cinderella National Tour), Chloë Campbell (Tuck Everlasting), Leroy Church (Broadway Debut, The Lion King National Tour), Peter Chursin (On The Town, West Side Story), Jōvan Dansberry (Broadway Debut), Kayla Davion (Waitress), Rory Donovan (NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Finding Neverland), Casey Garvin (Miss Saigon, Disaster!), Christopher Hampton Grant (Broadway Debut), Jon Hoche (Broadway Debut, War Horse National Tour), Gabriel Hyman (Broadway Debut), Harley Jay (Rent). James T. Lane (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line), Marty Lawson (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises), Jonathan Christopher MacMillan (War Horse), Danny Miller (Broadway Debut), Brittany Marcell Monachino (Broadway Debut), Jennifer Noble (Ghost The Musical), Kristen Faith Oei (M. Butterfly, The King and I), Eliza Ohman (Hamilton), Roberto Olvera (Broadway Debut), Jaquez André Sims (Motown The Musical), Khadija Tariyan (Broadway Debut, “The Wiz Live!,”), Jena VanElslander (Broadway Debut), Scott Austin Weber (M. Butterfly), Jacob Williams (Broadway Debut), Lauren Yalango-Grant (Broadway Debut), Warren Yang (Miss Saigon) and David Yijae (Broadway Debut).







Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land and Moulin Rouge!) and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), King Kong is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Strictly Ballroom The Musical). King Kong is produced by Carmen Pavlovic (Global Creatures) and Roy Furman. King Kong comes alive through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry and stagecraft. Based on the 1932 novel, the play follows the story of a young actress and a filmmaker as they travel from NYC to the uncharted Skull Island where they meet the 9th wonder of the wall King Kong! 


The story follows young actress Ann Darrow (Christiani Pitts) and a maverick filmmaker Carl Denham (Eric William Morris) as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to the uncharted Skull Island to capture the world’s greatest wonder. A 20-foot high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. King Kong is a larger-than-life encounter with a legend that’s always been too big to contain.



Pioneering creature designer Sonny Tilders developed Kong for the show. Bringing together the worlds of animatronics and puppetry to a degree not seen on stage before. 









Just like in the movie, Kong is will be the main attraction of this show. The anticipation of seeing how will Kong move and interact throughout the show is enough to get non-broadway fans into the theater. I first saw the announcement of this show while walking the streets of Midtown NYC and happen to see the marque. A few photos later and I wanted to know everything about this show. Not to take anything away from the actors, but the stage crew will be the stars of this show. It will be interesting to see how they recreate the mysterious Skull Island; during the 1930s has been done and is always a sight to see. And while it might sound silly I do hope this may give way to a King Kong vs Godzilla show or even just a Godzilla show. 

Tickets to King Kong are now on sale through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200. Tickets for groups of ten or more are available by calling 866-302-0995 or by email at info@broadwayinbound.com. As a warning: Strobe lights, haze effects, and loud noises are used in this production.


As a bonus lead actress Christiani Pitts has done a music video titled "Queen of NY" as promotion for the upcoming show






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