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Erik Lochtefeld Joins the Broadway Cast of King Kong

The upcoming musical, penned by Tony winner Jack Thorne, fills out its ensemble.

Erik Lochtefeld joins the Broadway cast of King Kong, opening this fall at the Broadway Theatre.
Erik Lochtefeld joins the Broadway cast of King Kong, opening this fall at the Broadway Theatre.
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Additional casting has been announced for the Broadway production of King Kong, opening November 8 at the Broadway Theatre. Preview performances will begin October 5.

Joining the previously announced stars Christiani Pitts (A Bronx Tale) as Ann Darrow and Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham will be Erik Lochtefeld (Misery, Metamorphoses) as Lumpy.

The King Kong ensemble will also include Ashley Andrews, Mike Baerga, Rhaamel Burke-Missouri, Chloe Campbell, Leroy Church, Peter Chursin, Jovan Dansberry, Bradley Dean, Casey Garvin, Christopher Grant, Lauren Yalango Grant, Khadija Griffith, Jon Hoche, Gabriel Hyman, Curt James, James T. Lane, Marty Lawson, Jonathan MacMillan, Danny Miller, Brittany Marcell Monachino, Jennifer Noble, Kristen Oei, Eliza Ohman, Roberto Olvera, Kayla Davion Robertson, Jaquez André Sims, Akron Watson, Jacob Williams, Warren Yang, and David Yijae.

Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production of King Kong is a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. The story follows a young actress, Ann Darrow, and a maverick filmmaker, Carl Denham, as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the world's greatest wonder. 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.

King Kong features a book by Tony Award winner 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). Drew McOnie directs.