The Australian mega-musical “King Kong,” which premiered in Melbourne in 2013, will make its New York debut in fall 2018 at the Broadway Theatre, producers Carmen Pavlovic (Global Creatures) and Roy Furman announced.
According to Playbill.com, an all-new creative team has been assembled to bring “King Kong” to Broadway, including Olivier Award-winning book writer Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Let the Right One In”), Olivier Award-winning director-choreographer Drew McOnie (“Strictly Ballroom,” “In the Heights”), and Australian songwriter Eddie Perfect, who is also adapting “Beetlejuice” for Broadway.
Perfect joins the show’s original composer and arranger Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge,” “Romeo + Juliet”), who is one of the few original creative team members to remain with the production.
“King Kong” has been a challenge for its producers, who have worked through various revisions of the musical in an effort to humanize the story and the show’s central figure—a one-ton, two-story silverback gorilla, controlled by a group of puppeteers and aerialists.
Based on the original 1933 screenplay, this latest take on “King Kong” is described as a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast.