King Kong Will Conquer Broadway in 2018
The new musical inspired by the classic film will make its Broadway debut.
The new musical King Kong will have its long-awaited Broadway premiere in fall 2018, producers Global Creatures and Roy Furman have announced. The production will play the Broadway Theatre following Miss Saigon, which ends its limited engagement in January 2018.
Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie, the musical will feature a book by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and a score by Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge) and Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom the Musical).
Based on the novel of the original 1933 screenplay, the stage show of King Kong is a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. The Broadway design team includes Peter England (set design), Sonny Tilders (creature design), Roger Kirk (costume design), Peter Mumford (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), and Gavin Robins (aerial and King Kong movement director).
Casting and additional information will be announced in the coming months.
King Kong premiered in Australia in 2013, with a score by de Vries, lyrics by Michael Mitnick and Craig Lucas, a book by Lucas, and additional music and lyrics by 3D, Sarah McLachlan, Guy Garvey, Justice, and The Avalanches. In 2015, it had been announced that The Bridges of Madison County collaborators Jason Robert Brown (score) and Marsha Norman (book) had joined the team, but departed in 2016.