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King Kong Set to Climb Onto the Broadway Stage

Tony nominee Craig Lucas and Grammy nominee Marius de Vries' new musical will transfer from Australia's Regent Theatre in the coming season. logo
Tony nominee Craig Lucas and Grammy nominee Marius de Vries have written the score for King Kong, which will stomp onto Broadway in December.
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A new stage musical version of King Kong, written by Tony nominee Craig Lucas and Grammy nominee Marius de Vries, is aiming to pound its chest at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre by December of this year, according to Global Creatures executive Gerry Ryan.

In a Melbourne radio interview last week, Ryan said, "Spider-Man's closed there at the Foxwoods and we'll be opening on December 12 this year."

A producer from the production did make an official statement, saying, "Plans for the Broadway production of King Kong are not confirmed at this time. We hope to have details about the future of the show shortly."

King Kong, inspired by the classic film and by the Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace novella of the same name, will feature a large cast actors, singers, dancers, circus performers, and puppeteers. The Melbourne's Regent Theatre production is directed by Daniel Kramer. In addition, Stephen Pavlovic has collaborated on the show's "musical landscape," with Michael Mitnick contributing lyrics to several new songs.

The creative team also includes John O'Connell (choreography), Peter England (production design), Roger Kirk (costume design), Peter Mumford (lighting design), Sonny Tilders (creature design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Frieder Weiss (projection design), Gavin Roberts (aerial and circus design), and Peter Wilson (puppetry director).

A scene from the Melbourne stage production of King Kong.
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