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Broadway's King Kong Cancels October 31 Wednesday Matinee

The schedule change will allow further time to incorporate final adjustments in the production before its November 8 opening.

King Kong is now in previews on Broadway.
King Kong is now in previews on Broadway.
(© Joan Marcus)

The new Broadway musical King Kong has announced that the October 31 matinee at 2pm has been canceled to allow further time to incorporate final adjustments in the production before its November 8 opening. The Wednesday 8pm performance will proceed as scheduled.

Ticket holders for the matinee performance should contact their point of purchase for exchanges or refunds.

Lead producers Carmen Pavlovic and Roy Furman said in a statement: "Because of the scale of the production we couldn't have an out of town try-out before coming to Broadway. We scheduled a reduced performance schedule during previews so we could keep working on the show while it played in the Broadway Theatre. We apologize to patrons who are impacted by the schedule change. Kong is in great shape mechanically and the cast is ready! Giving these hours of additional time to Drew McOnie and the company will not impact the press performance schedule or the official opening night on November 8."

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.

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.

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.