KING KONG Hunting for Broadway Theatre; Producers & Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM Musical Set for Sydney in 2014!
KING KONG is officially on the hunt for a Broadway theatre.
In his column at The New York Times, Patrick Healy has confirmed that producer Carmen Pavlovic and the rest of the KONG crew are set to bring the silverback titan to Broadway within the next year - if one of the few houses with the necessary space and fly room becomes available.
The publication also confirmed that Pavlovic is intent to launch a subsequent production in 2015, with investors from London, Seoul, Japan, Germany and Holland reportedly showing immense interest.
This is all despite the mixed reviews the production received when it opened this month in Melbourne, Australia. Critics praised KONG's mighty effects, but panned the book.
"I do expect we'll make some changes to the musical before our next production," Pavlovic told The Times in an interview. "But we're all very happy with the shape that the show is in right now, and don't see a need to rush or make any major changes."
Also on Pavlovic's upcoming slate is a musical adaptation of the 1992 film STRICTLY BALLROOM - with legendary visual director Baz Luhrmann set to stage the production. The Times notes that the show is tentatively scheduled to open in early 2014 in Sydney - with an eye on Broadway in the future. The show was previously announced to debut in the Fall of 2013.
In the original announcement, creator Baz Luhrmann said the decision to premiere Strictly Ballroom in Sydney was a natural one for a quintessentially Australian story with global appeal.
Mr. Luhrmann said, "Of all of my shows, Strictly Ballroom is the most personal. From escaping into the world of competitive ballroom dancing as a child, and my mother going on to be a dance teacher, through to the formative moment at the National Institute of Dramatic Art when a group of talented students and I brought together the classical myth of triumph over oppression and placed it in this world of suburban theatre, the first production of Strictly Ballroom was born.
"It's a simple show, with a simple truth, and a simple heart, that seems to have grown and grown and now completes the circle of its journey, returning to the city where it all began, Sydney, as an all-singing all-dancing musical production."
For the original report, head on over to The New York Times.
The new stage musical KING KONG recently opened at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. production, which was originally slated to run through July 28, has just extended through August 18. For tickets, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.au.
The principal cast features Esther Hannaford (Hairspray) as Ann Darrow, newcomer Adam Lyon as Carl Denham, Chris Ryan (Thyestes) as Jack Driscoll, veteran stage actor Richard Piper as Captain Engelhorn and the queen of musical theatre and cabaret, Queenie van de Zandt as Cassandra.
One of the world's great modern myths about an enormous creature and his battle for survival in New York City, KING KONG has gone back to the source - the novella of the original film by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace - in this world-first adaptation as a large-scale musical. Featuring a cast of 49 actors, singers, dancers, circus performers and puppeteers; a crew of 76; and arguably the most technologically advanced puppet in the world - a one-tonne, six-metre giant silverback - KING KONG will be an epic and dazzlingly original theatrical experience.