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KING KONG - Entertaining show.#301
Posted: 11/6/18 at 1:23am

We finally saw the show tonight on a rainy Monday. Other than some laser shots at the end , I dont think that there were any gunshots or pyrotechnics . After reading this board from the beginning and hearing so much  about what was wrong with the show, I went in with no expectations. Maybe less. My group really  was entertained. Clearly , this is not a literary masterpiece. But, the moment in act two when Anne sings  to Kong about what he needs to do and it it's really to her own story, it's truly moving. Puppet or not, Kong and the the actors who control him are truly masters of their craft. So, as with any nosy theatre geek, I befriended an usher  who told me that the opening a closing songs of act two were new.  They worked fine.  I didn't leave humming any of the songs. But, I did love The lullaby. My bestie usher friend mentioned that they changed the ending of that song as well. Many years ago, I saw a preview to The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. That was painful. This was far from that. Act one was 1 hour and 10 . Act 2 was an hourish. Those dancers are really good. And Christiani <sp>?  really was connected w/ Kong. The show reminded me how cruel people can be. Maybe we are living up to it's expectation. Most of the audience were tourists or so they seemed.  I like the set. I understand that it's mainly graphics? LED? regardless it worked. Love the curtain call with the screens that came down with the orchestra and the  crew that runs Kongs facial / vocals. I got my moneys worth. This definitely was an endeavor.

 

 

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KING KONG - Entertaining show.#302
Posted: 11/6/18 at 8:43am
This was really the only musical that I would say it was bad from my trip lol

Aside from the perfect amazing puppet, there nothing there. Even the acting from the leading lady was not that great.

The leading man was great and quite attractive, as was fake Carl lol

But again, what a waste! The pressure up number was outrageous!
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KING KONG - Entertaining show.#303
Posted: 11/6/18 at 11:10am

I saw it last night and went in with... let's say low expectations after skimming this thread, but I was pleasantly surprised! I mean, the puppetry is clearly the star of the show, and far outperformed the human performances, but I'm not sure I cared. I thought some of the dancing was really entertaining, and liked the costumes a lot. But it really is about the gorilla, and that did NOT disappoint. I liked the set design as a whole - I'm normally on the fence about digital sets, but I really think it worked here, especially with the boat scenes in Act 1. 

Overall, I'm really happy I saw it. Would I say it's a great musical as a musical? No. But it's definitely one of the most unique things I've seen on Broadway, and they really knocked the wow factor out of the park. I was there for the spectacle and it delivered. 

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Don't miss this. And sit close.#304
Posted: 11/7/18 at 10:13am

I thought it was spectacular. A stunning achievement the likes of which Broadway has never seen. I think it will usher in a new age of technical and visual creativity for Broadway theater. I was expecting to hate much of it, but instead I got the opposite. I can no longer hate on this show. I was utterly blown away. I even cried a little, mainly because of Kong's eyes, and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. (The eyes alone are worth the admission price.) I can only imagine what the top of the unseen stage looks like, as they operate this sublime creature. I highly recommend not missing this, mainly because of the technical achievement and also because the entire show is hugely entertaining from start to finish.

It was like watching the movie, only live, and King Kong was a living breathing giant beast in front of you. Granted, I sat front row center, but I will never forget the experience of seeing that giant realistic gorilla just inches from my face as he towered over me when it was totally downstage. I had to look straight up to see his face 20 feet above me. It was so surreal, and I doubt I'll ever have that experience ever again anywhere. I urge you to sit in the first three rows center. Front row preferably, because Kong will reach out and touch you with his hand. And you will be a bit frightened by that. 

I was thrilled over how much time Kong was onstage. Once he enters, he pretty much is the star of the show for the next 90 minutes. And isn't that what the show is about? The creators and producers know exactly what they are doing. I was expecting a "mess" but instead got a singular vision and purpose, expertly done, in a way I never would have imagined. You will never for a moment wish you saw more of him. In fact, I was grateful for the times he went offstage, so I could catch my breath. The ROAR is stunning, and it did induce a few head aches through the evening. The sound designers are obviously committed to perfecting this and giving the audience a sound they would never forget. It's loud and ferocious. And scary. (I read one comment here about the puppet being like a slow-moving float in a parade. That is not true, at least not from my vantage point. He moves at a perfect speed, just as you would see in the original Kong movie, or any Kong movie. I never questioned the speed of his motions. And at times he moves very fast.)

The enormous "puppet," operated by both cables and puppeteers in black, is a MUST see. Sit close if possible, unless you like to be further away. No video I've seen can do it justice. The thing looks as real as I would ever want. The animatronics are beyond belief. The face and eyes constantly move and express deep emotion, more so than most of the human performers. I got a front row seat the day of, on Halloween, on Telecharge Offers, for $99. The entire front row was suddenly available. So I snagged one. Best decision I made in years. It was one of the greatest nights I've spent in a Broadway theater. Mainly, because of the Kong puppet and the visual effects, but the concept of the show works very well.

The whole show has supposedly gone through big changes since Melbourne. So, don't go by what you've read from years ago. Also, people have mentioned a "Hamilton" style rap number in this current production, but that has been taken out. There was no such number when I saw it, thank god. That's a sign the director is trying to make things better. They eventually got the writer from the Harry Potter play, and that must have helped a lot. The script gets a bit wonky at times, and there are some odd things here and there, but the creature makes up for it all. There is also no bizarre sudden ending people have mentioned. They must have improved that too. 

They really milked all their chances for dramatic effect. When Kong comes to NY after being captured and is being shown at the theater, we the audience are part of the show. It really feels like we are watching the spectacle, and when he breaks loose, it's actually terrifying. The sound effects at this time made me feel there were actually people in the audience screaming and trying to get away. I was floored by this segment. Extremely well done. 

The projections are beyond amazing. Everything from making the boat rock (and my feeling sea sick) to Kong running at full speed through the jungles and streets. I've never seen anything like it, not even in amusement parks. He actually flies at times. (Speaking of theme parks, I thought how we would never see this degree of technical greatness in the Kong construction in any theme park show. This Broadway Kong puts all that to shame.)

The show will elicit numerous gasps, guaranteed. Kong's entrance is one of the most shocking things I've ever witnessed on a stage, as were several brilliantly staged moments in the finale. The puppet masters and designers deserve a special Tony all themselves, and that just may happen. Their work makes the horses in War Horse look like little toys in comparison. I've not been able to forget a few glorious moments, such as Kong beating his chest, done solely by the puppeteers and rope. And effective "soundtrack" music always accompanies such moments. So it's not your standard "musical." Which I found refreshing. 

I thought the opening was outstanding and attention-grabbing, and the opening ensemble song was very successful in setting the musical tone of the rest of the show. It's quite "kick ass." The set is fascinating and has elements of Cirque du Soleil tastefully woven in. I would say the show succeeds on all levels, except partially musically, song-wise. (But it's much better than the awful stuff I heard in SpongeBob, which I walked out of.) They simply hired the wrong song composers. It was a mistake they probably just couldn't invest in fixing. Everything else is first-rate, and the cast gives it their all. Some of the smaller roles are endearing, and the acting across the board was convincing. The audience, and I, were engaged throughout. There are a good number of very funny moments too. 

The two leads are excellent. The female lead (Pitts) was in great shape vocally and has a lot of songs to sing. She never faltered, and she has a beautiful voice with great power. The Denham guy (Morris) was perfect in the role, and he had a lovely strong voice too. And perfect teeth, which I saw the whole time from my front row seat. The "Fake Carl" is a fun sight to behold.  All the singing was excellent, not something I can say about a lot of shows. The dancing was inventive and virtuosic, with some gymnastics at times, but appropriately done. I found the choreography unique and fitting for the period. It seems they got a great choreographer for this. I don't know who though. Costumes were colorful and great to look at. The lead actor's green overcoat is gorgeous, and I want one. You'll know when you see it. 

When I first heard about the show about a year ago, I was determined never to even think of seeing it. I rarely see any "new" show, as I tend to spend my money on classic musicals and new or older plays. I usually dislike most new musicals for various reasons. However, this show was different for me. As stated in many of the posts here, the Kong "puppet" is worth the price of admission alone. I didn't hate the music, as I expected to. The best aspect of the music is the lyrics, which all are intelligently crafted. When I was zoning out a bit from certain songs that simply had no melodic weight, I focused on the words. The lyrics are exceptional. The perpetual rhymes are quite brilliant. I actually thought of L.M. Miranda in some of them. They are carefully written, complex, and have a beautiful flow. Not once did I hear a contrived lyric. The lyricist (Craig Lucas, I believe) obviously spent a lot of time and energy on them.

More impressive is that there were at least three songs that moved the plot along, something very rare in today's musicals. I remember being attentive to the story in one section and suddenly realized the girl was singing a big ballad that was furthering the plot. This is a huge plus for me, as it is why I don't like most new musicals. 

To sum up, word of mouth will sell this show. I had a smile on my face most of the time. I wasn't bored for a moment, because the whole thing is outrageously entertaining. I can't see how anyone won't be blown away whenever that creature is onstage. I couldn't take my eyes off him. SIT IN THE FRONT ROWS.

Everything in this production is more than fine, except maybe some of the music. They just got the wrong composer(s), who just don't have the talent for something like this. Still, the music is not offensive or inane, and there are some numbers that are very catchy and interesting, like the opening, and all the background music is very good, as if you're watching an action adventure film. I remember thinking in the first 20 minutes that I was surprised I was enjoying the show so much, and Kong had not even entered yet. 

The bows are a blast. Kong and the puppeteers get a grand bow, and when that happened, the whole audience erupted into deafening applause. I'm talking "Hello Dolly" type of applause, or the kind I heard when I saw Angels in America this season. I had to plug my ears. That's how much people are loving what they saw, and rightfully so. I hope the show has a decent run, because the creative team is obviously working hard to give people their money's worth. I look forward to going again.

Go. You won't regret it. 

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KING KONG - Previews#305
Posted: 11/7/18 at 10:23am

Warbucks2 said: "I can't wait to hear the feedback from everyone. I don't have tickets until after opening. As I've said elsewhere, this show has spectacle in the bag. The question is whether the music OR the story are good. IF they have nailed one or the other, I see this running a long time. First time tourists to New York generally want to come and see a spectacle on Broadway, not a low budget art play. Hence why Lion King continues to run for so long."

I would say the show succeeds very well with story line. It's the same story of the original film. It's just like you're watching the film, only live. The music, not so much. Although some songs work very well, and the "soundtrack" music for the action scenes is perfect. And as you suspect, the Kong achievement plus the visual effects will make you forget everything else, strong or weak. The puppet is an undeniable success and worth every dime and moment spent in buying a ticket and getting there. If the Tony Awards people still give out those special achievement awards, this is sure to get one. Enjoy!

 

 

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KING KONG - Previews#306
Posted: 11/7/18 at 11:53pm
Saw King Kong tonight. Husband and I went in with low expections and open minds and both of us walked out of the theater having really enjoyed it. It definitely has its flaws as most shows do, and the critics will likely try to open those flaws into gaping wounds somehow. But I hope this has a successful run. It’s a spectacle. There’s no question it is all about The puppet and the chase scenes are some of the most thrilling things I’ve seen on stage. I love visuals and this show doesn’t disappoint.
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KING KONG - Previews#307
Posted: 11/8/18 at 12:19am

the show is, in fact, worse than the worst reviews I've heard make it out to be. The puppet is impressive for maybe 30 seconds but quickly grows tiresome when you realize how little mobility it has. A depressing, depressing experience.

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KING KONG - Previews#308
Posted: 11/8/18 at 4:18pm

HGorn said: "My guess is that they will post a closing notice by March 1st. Why would anyone want to see a Broadway musical with a HUGE inflatable puppet??"

GROSS WAS AWFUL THIS PAST WEEK.

LOSING 800K A WEEK AT LEAST I ESTIMATE.

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KING KONG - Previews#309
Posted: 1/9/19 at 10:50pm

I saw it via TDF today - 3rd row center - and I was really taken by the show. It's a huge mess, and most of the music is banal and dull, but I was just totally entertained from start to finish. I would recommend it. 

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KING KONG - Previews#310
Posted: 1/9/19 at 10:58pm

RippedMan said: "I saw it via TDF today - 3rd row center - and I was really taken by the show. It's a huge mess, and most of the music is banal and dull, but I was just totally entertained from start to finish. I would recommend it."

"Get thee to Vegas, KONG!" is my constant refrain.  Cut down to a tab version, install in one of the Strip hotels and watch those turistas pour in.  Myself included. 

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KING KONG - Previews#311
Posted: 1/9/19 at 11:36pm

100% my thought as well. It felt like a cirque show at times because there is just constant underscoring, and long stretches of no talking. I think it would do well in Vegas. Or, I feel like London would eat it up. I think they prefer a cheesier musical than American audiences. 

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KING KONG - Previews#312
Posted: 4/1/19 at 2:37pm

I saw the show in January, and I didn't think it was that bad. 

Thinking about it now, I have a weird urge to go back that's stronger than I'd like to admit. 

Eric William Morris was really good, and helped hold the show together. I was surprised no one said anything about him. 

I remember the boat being really cool and impressive as well. 

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KING KONG - Previews#313
Posted: 4/1/19 at 3:21pm
Went with my mom. (Mom sees the giant snake) “What is that? Looks like an intestine.”
My thoughts: is it me, or do Kong’s hind legs not move very much? He looks great from the front, but the back and the sides and not as impressive. The songs are totally bland and forgettable and made my descison to skip Beetlejuice an easy one. It wasn’t fun enough to be “so bad it’s good” but there were moments of unintentional hilarity, such as Carl’s like “do it for all the pig waiters” and the bewildering sight of Kong rampaging down the street as people are dancing on said street. Finally, I swear, on the afternoon I went, Carl flubbed a line and called his assistant “Bumpy.”
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KING KONG - Previews#314
Posted: 4/1/19 at 11:44pm

VivianDarkbloom2 said: "Went with my mom. (Mom sees the giant snake) “What is that? Looks like an intestine.”
My thoughts: is it me, or do Kong’s hind legs not move very much? He looks great from the front, but the back and the sides and not as impressive. The songs are totally bland and forgettable and made my descison to skip Beetlejuice an easy one. It wasn’t fun enough to be “so bad it’s good” but there were moments of unintentional hilarity, such as Carl’s like “do it for all the pig waiters” and the bewildering sight of Kong rampaging down the street as people are dancing on said street. Finally, I swear, on the afternoon I went, Carl flubbed a line and called his assistant “Bumpy.”
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Posted: 4/2/19 at 2:16am
That’s hilarious! New York is pretty partial to a cheesy musical itself. And they get the obligatory standing ovations at every show.
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KING KONG - Previews#316
Posted: 4/2/19 at 11:12am

Dolly80 said: "That’s hilarious! New York is pretty partial to a cheesy musical itself. And they get the obligatory standing ovations at every show."

 

That shows how little standing ovations mean. I wouldn't know about the ones at Kong. I was comped an excellent ticket and still  walked out halfway through feeling my time had been wasted.

 

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KING KONG - Previews#317
Posted: 4/2/19 at 11:39am

I wanted to like this show so badly. Besides the puppet, I couldn't find anything good amount it. I thought the music was really, really bad and I found myself annoyed at Christiani Pitts the entire show. 

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