World's Favorite Ape Finds Success on the Silver Screen, Takes to the Stage to Pursue a Career in Theater

Earlier today, Carmen Pavlovic of Global Creatures and Roy Furman announced that King Kong would make his Broadway debut in the fall of next year at the Shubert Organizations’s Broadway Theatre.

From acclaimed writer Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Let the Right One In) and with music and lyrics by Marius de Vrie (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), comes an exciting new adaptation of one of my all-time favorite stories. Drew McOnie (In The Heights) will direct and choreograph, bringing this classic tale of gigantic proportions to life.

I’ve been a fan of King Kong in all of his various presentations (especially the latest film incarnation from Jordan Vogt-Roberts), so it should come at no surprise that I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that this larger than life, loveable ape will be making his American theater debut. Previously mounted in 2013 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, the musical featured a twenty foot animatronic/marionette hybrid puppet manipulated by 35 on stage and backstage puppeteers. I can’t imagine what it must be like to see that enormous creature brought to life on stage, but from the looks of some of the footage from the original Australian production, it looks pretty incredible. I may have to book a plane ticket to New York for the fall of 2018 to witness this mammoth production with my own eyes.

Check back in at Ghastly Grinning for upcoming news on King Kong, coming to life on Broadway. The show will begin previews on October 5, 2018, with an official opening night on November 8, 2018 - exactly one year from today.

Megan Casady