King Kong the musical heads to Broadway in 2018

King Kong the musical heads to Broadway in 2018

Monster of a show

Text: Gwen Ong

Image: Warner Bros

Is it destined for a roaring success?

The story of a monster ape going, well, ape, is headed to New York where it is set to make a musical debut in Fall 2018. Based on the novel of the original 1933 screenplay by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace, the show is described as "a contemporary take on the classic take of beauty and the beast".


The mega musical King Kong, which first debuted in Melbourne in 2013, will see the titular ape being manifested through a combination of animatronics and puppetry. The creative team for the Broadway show includes Olivier Award-winning writer Jack Thorne, who is the man behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He's known to bring other film adaptations alive on stage as well such as the critically acclaimed Swedish vampire flick, Let the Right One In.


King Kong will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, while the scores will be the responsibility of Marius de Vries, whose credentials include movie musicals like La La Land and Moulin Rouge. Eddie Perfect, who is currently working on the musical adaptation for Beetlejuice, will write the songs.


"King Kong is a quintessential New York story, and I'm proud to be involved in this historic production. Our team is creating a theatrical experience that we hope will astound audiences while delighting them with its heartfelt storytelling," said the shot's producer Roy Furman in a statement.


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