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King Kong - 2018 - Broadway

The epic modern myth comes alive on Broadway through an innovative mix of animatronics, puppetry, music and stagecraft! It's 1931, the world is in the grip of the Great Depression, and New York City is a place of pressure, of desperation, but also of hope. Enter Ann Darrow, a fearless young actress with a will of steel and dreams that reach as high as the just-completed Empire State Building. After a brutal struggle just to stay on her feet, Ann finds her big break in the form of Carl Denham, a fast-talking filmmaker who promises to make her the star of his next big adventure movie. Throwing caution to the winds, she joins Carl on a voyage to the mysterious Skull Island. There, they encounter a wonder more astonishing than they could have possibly imagined: a 20-foot-tall, 2,000-pound ape known only as Kong.

To her surprise, Ann finds an unexpected kindred spirit in this magnificent, untameable creature. But when Carl hatches a plan to capture Kong and display him to the New York masses, she's faced with a terrible choice. Will Ann follow the call of her own ambition? Or can she find the strength to stand up for what's right? Roaring with heart-pounding action, KING KONG is a gripping and spectacular story of unlikely friendship, unshakable courage, and breaking free from the cages others put us in.

Directed and choreographed by Olivier winner Drew McOnie, KING KONG features an electrifying new score by Marius de Vries (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice The Musical), and a book by Jack Thorne, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Don't miss this exhilarating, emotional encounter with a legend that's always been too big to contain.

"You've never seen anything like King Kong on stage. Ever." (Entertainment Weekly).


Running Time: Two hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission

Broadway Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
1681 Broadway Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For King Kong

Theater Review: King Kong, Who’s There? - Vulture
Not that the show is willfully shallow. In fact, in a brochure handed to me outside the theater by the show's press representatives, one of Kong's lead producers, Carmen Pavlovic, writes about the resonances she found in the story while developing the production over the last ten years. She talks about the global recession, Harvey Weinstein, the environmental crisis, and xenophobia in both Australia and America. Brett Kavanaugh gets a mention. So do the immigrant children forcibly separated from their families. King Kong, it would seem, is about everything. But what stands out from Pavlovic's essay are its title - "Why King Kong?" - and the sole pull quote. "Could he achieve a chest-beat without punching a hole through his own sternum?" it reads. "Could he pick up a girl and run with her?"

Review: 'King Kong,' a giant animatronic ape with soulful eyes, crashes down on Broadway - LA Times
Just how horrifying is the new show? It has turned a self-respecting drama critic into a screaming Fay Wray. No, I'm not really afraid of being mauled to death by a giant ape in midtown Manhattan. But I am terrified of the monstrous concoction that has been cooked up in the international laboratory of mercenary producers eager to remake Broadway in the image of Barnum & Bailey.



by Paul Smith - August 18, 2019
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, King Kong will play its final performance today, August 18, 2019 following 324 performances and 29 previews at the Broadway Theatre. Before he climbs the Empire State Building for the final time, take a look at the Broadway journey of King Kong.
by Jennifer Broski - August 1, 2019
The award-winning new musical King Kong played its 300th performance on Broadway on Wednesday, July 31 at the matinee. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out the photos below!
by Alan Henry - June 25, 2019
The award-winning new musical King Kong will play its final Broadway performance on August 18, 2019 following 324 performances and 29 previews at the Broadway Theatre.
by Stage Tube - June 21, 2019
The company of King Kong is bringing the show's larger-than-life puppet to the stage eight times a week at the Broadway Theatre, including Jon Hoche, who voices the gorilla live each night for every roar, grunt, snort and growl. Fox 5 recently sat down with Hoche to get a peek behind the scenes and to chat all about what it's like bringing this icon to life. Check out the full video!
by Julie Musbach - June 17, 2019
King Kong is taking the show to new heights with an upcoming run in Shanghai opening in 2021.
by Monroe George - May 23, 2019
Last night, cast members from King Kong, as well as Kong himself, received a 2019 Special Achievement Outer Critic Circle Award for their thrilling work on the production.
by Stage Tube - May 14, 2019
On Tuesday's episode of Broadway Week on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan,' Ryan goes behind the scenes of Broadway's 'King Kong.' He sits down with the show's star Christani Pitts, works with the 'King's Company' puppeteers, and even gets up close and personal with Kong himself!
by Stephi Wild - April 28, 2019
During yesterday's matinee performance of King Kong, a technical malfunction caused the show to stop abruptly, and ultimately be cancelled.
by Stephi Wild - April 15, 2019
A new block of tickets has been released for Broadway's King Kong. Now on sale through January 12, 2020, King Kong is playing at the Broadway Theatre where it opened on Thursday, November 8 (previews began October 5, 2018).
by A.A. Cristi - March 12, 2019
On Thursday, March 28 leading NYC arts education nonprofit Inside Broadway and the groundbreaking Broadway production of KING KONG will present a special Creating the Magic program offering an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Broadway featuring the KING KONG cast & production crew.
by Jennifer Broski - March 6, 2019
This afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by the Broadway Theatre to celebrate the new King of Broadway, King Kong! After a special appearance at the curtain call, Mayor de Blasio joined the company outside for a ceremonial street re-naming.
by Stephi Wild - March 1, 2019
In celebration of the 86th anniversary of the iconic original film of King Kong, the New York City Mayor's Office will recognize the Broadway musical King Kong and its contribution to the culture of New York City by declaring the area outside of the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street) King Kong Court with a ceremonial street renaming on Wednesday, March 6.
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 19, 2019
King Kong has just dropped an all new TV spot! The commercial features footage from the show, including, of course, the iconic puppet.
by Jennifer Broski - February 6, 2019
Today, King Kong on Broadway celebrated one hundred Broadway performances! See Christiani Pitts, Eric William Morris, and the rest of the company celebrating below!
by Stephi Wild - February 6, 2019
King Kong is currently taking Broadway by storm, but it appears to have its sights set on new land.
by Naomi Serviss - December 27, 2018
You've never seen a Kong like this, but there's more at play than Beast Meets Girl in the latest incarnation of the 1930s classic.
by Julie Musbach - December 20, 2018
Tickets for King Kong are now on sale through September 1, 2019. The new Broadway musical is playing at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) where it opened on Thursday, November 8 (previews began October 5, 2018).