KING KONG Producer Confirms Mega-Musical Will Open at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre in December 2014
KING KONG may be stomping onto the Great White Way before the year's out.
Gerry Ryan, chairman of Global Creatures, the Production Company behind KONG, has confirmed that the mega-sized musical will bow on Broadway in December 2014.
"I was in New York recently and went to the theater, and so, they're getting ready - 'Spider-Man' has closed there at the Foxwoods and we'll be opening on December 12 this year," Gerry Ryan of Global Creatures, said in an interview with Melbourne radio station 3AW, according to The New York Times.
UPDATE- The producers of the musical just released the following statement: "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."
Since it premiered in Melbourne last year, running on a budget of $30 million, producers have been eyeing KONG's Broadway debut--only saying that they were aiming for the 2014-15 season.
As previously reported, producers have also been in discussions to bring KONG to Germany, Korea, Japan and Las Vegas after New York.
KONG recently picked up five 2013 Helpmann Awards (the Australian equivalent of the Tonys) for Best Costume Design - Roger Kirk (He is also a former Tony Winner 1996 for King and I, 2001 nominee for 42nd Street); Best Scenic Design - Peter England; Best Lighting Design - Peter Mumford; Best Sound Design - Peter Hylenski (He was nominated for a Tony last year); and Outstanding Theatrical Achievement - The Design, Creation & Operation of King Kong.
The Melbourne 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, 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.