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Broadway's King Kong Reveals Colossal New Art

The new musical will begin performances October 5 at the Broadway Theatre.

Broadway's King Kong has commissioned three new posters to promote the show, set to begin performances October 5 at the Broadway Theatre.
(© Laurent Durieux, Francesco Francavilla, Olly Moss)

Broadway's upcoming production of King Kong has released new promotional posters to whet your appetite for the colossal new musical, set to begin performances October 5 ahead of a November 8 opening at the Broadway Theatre.

The posters, designed by Laurent Durieux, Francesco Francavilla, and Olly Moss, will be given away as collectible prints at New York-area comic-book shops on Comic Book Day (May 5).

Regarding the bold direction for the new key art, the producers said, "We commissioned the work from Laurent, Francesco, and Olly because we wanted these three extraordinary artists to provide different perspectives on the show's themes. Each artist comes from a different country — Belgium, the US and the UK — and each uniquely interprets the world of King Kong."

The cast of King Kong will feature Christiani Pitts (currently starring in A Bronx Tale on Broadway) as Ann Darrow and Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham. Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), King Kong is directed by Drew McOnie (Strictly Ballroom the Musical).

King Kong is a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. The story follows a young actress and a maverick filmmaker as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining is a 20-foot-high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of artists and technicians, blending robotics, puppetry, and stagecraft.

The show's design team for Broadway includes Peter England (set and projection design), Sonny Tilders (creature design), Roger Kirk (costume design), Peter Mumford (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Gavin Robins (aerial and King Kong movement director), and Tom Watson (hair design). David Caddick serves as music supervisor.

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