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First Look at King Kong and Christiani Pitts as Ann Darrow

Broadway’s ”King Kong” is a contemporary take on the 1932 novel.

Broadway's King Kong has released its first photo of Christiani Pitts in costume as Ann Darrow, as well as an interview and behind-the-scenes footage of Pitts's photo shoot with her gargantuan costar. Check out both below.

Christiani Pitts plays Ann Darrow in Broadway's King Kong.
Christiani Pitts plays Ann Darrow in Broadway's King Kong.
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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-high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of artists and technicians, blending robotics, puppetry, and stagecraft.

King Kong also starts Erik Lochtefeld as Lumpy, with an ensemble made up of Ashley Andrews, Mike Baerga, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, Chloe Campbell, Leroy Church, Peter Chursin, Jovan Dansberry, Casey Garvin, Christopher Grant, Lauren Yalango Grant, Khadija Tariyan, 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, 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), 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.

The production begins performances Friday, October 5, before opening on Thursday, November 8, at the Broadway Theatre.