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King Kong Stomps Onto Broadway

Performances of the massive new musical begin tonight at the Broadway Theatre.

Christiani Pitts and her 20-foot-tall King Kong costar begin performances tonight at the Broadway Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

Performances of King Kong begin tonight at the Broadway Theatre ahead of an opening night set for November 8.

Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris share a scene in Broadway's King Kong.
(© Joan Marcus)

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 actor, 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 an uncharted island to capture the world's greatest wonder. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining is a 20-foot-tall, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of artists and technicians, blending robotics, puppetry, and stagecraft.

A scene from King Kong.
(© Joan Marcus)

King Kong also stars Erik Lochtefeld as Lumpy, with an ensemble made up of 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.

Broadway's King Kong opens November 8.
(© Joan Marcus)

King Kong features a book by Tony Award winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge), and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice). Drew McOnie directs and choreographs, with Sonny Tilders creating the Kong creature. The creative team also includes Peter England (set and projection design), Roger Kirk (costume design), Peter Mumford (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Gavin Robins (aerial and puppetry movement director), and Tom Watson (hair design). David Caddick is music supervisor and orchestrations are by Christopher Jahnke.

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