King Kong 2018

Run Time:
Two hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 8+
Opened: November 8, 2018
Closing: August 18, 2019

King Kong - 2018 - Broadway History , Info & More

Broadway Theatre (Broadway)
1681 Broadway New York, NY

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).

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Broadway Review: ‘King Kong’
7 / 10

After an earlier production in Australia and with the addition of a largely new creative team, the producers (led by Global Creatures) of this $35-million Broadway epic, based on the classic 1933 film, have re-envisioned the story in striking theatrical terms, using dazzling projections, super-sized puppetry and lush underscoring to create one thrill ride of a show. Topping the list of visual wows is the magnificent, moving and oh-so-expressive title character who, alas, is not eligible for a Tony.

‘King Kong’ Broadway Review: Giant Puppet Upstages the Mere Humans
4 / 10

The big ape deserves a Tony. He's not only the star of 'King Kong,' which opened Thursday at the Broadway Theatre. He's also a damned good actor, too - one who shows a wide range of emotion while running through the jungle, fighting off a giant serpent, being gassed by crass capitalists or climbing up the Empire State Building. That he's a puppet only makes his performance all the more riveting. But he/it has an advantage over the human actors on stage. Kong doesn't sing one song composed by Eddie Perfect or utter one word written by Jack Thorne.

BWW Flashback: KING KONG Takes Final Broadway Bow
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.

Photo Coverage: KING KONG Celebrates 300th Performance on Broadway
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!

Breaking: KING KONG Will Close on Broadway This Summer
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.

VIDEO: Get to Know the Voice Behind KING KONG
by Linnae Medeiros - 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!

KING KONG To Take Over Shanghai In Asian Premiere Production
by Julie Musbach - June 17, 2019

King Kong is taking the show to new heights with an upcoming run in Shanghai opening in 2021.

Photo Coverage: KING KONG Receives Kong Sized 2019 Special Achievement Outer Critics Circle Award!
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.

VIDEO: LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN Goes Behind the Scenes of Broadway's KING KONG
by Kaitlin Milligan - 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!

KING KONG Technical Malfunction Cancels Matinee Performance Mid-Show
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.

KING KONG Releases Tickets Through January 12
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).

Over 2,000 NYC Students To Go Behind the Scenes At KING KONG On Broadway
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.

Photo Coverage: King of Broadway! NYC Celebrates KING KONG With Street Naming!
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.

NYC Mayor's Office Names King Kong Court Outside The Broadway Theatre
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.

VIDEO: Watch the All New TV Spot For KING KONG
by Stephi Wild - 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.

Photo Coverage: KING KONG Celebrates 100 Performances on Broadway!
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!

KING KONG Sets its Sights on a Japanese Resort
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.

BWW Interview: Erik Lochtefeld Takes His Lumps in a Jaw-Dropping KING KONG
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.

Tickets for KING KONG Now On Sale Through September 1, 2019
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).

Photo Flash: NYCCHP Treats 800 Homeless Children to KING KONG
by Marika O'Hara - December 6, 2018

On December 4, The New York City Children's Holiday Party brought nearly 800 children from 38 different homeless shelters to experience the epic musical King Kong. After the performance, each child received gifts and a backpack with educational supplies and departed the show with a merry send-off from Santa Claus.

VIDEO: Christiani Pitts, Drew McOnie, and More Discuss the Magic of KING KONG
by Stephi Wild - December 1, 2018

King Kong may have the most talked-about puppet on the Great White Way, but a recent feature on CBS is breaking down just what makes this show so magical.

VIDEO: Watch King Kong on the Thanksgiving Day Parade!
by Robert Diamond - November 22, 2018

Roar! Watch King Kong perform on this morning's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

KING KONG Announces Digital Lottery
by Stephi Wild - November 16, 2018

King Kong has announced that it will have a digital lottery!

BWW TV: KING KONG Celebrates Opening Night in a Big Way!
by TV - Opening Night Special - November 9, 2018

Just last night, one of the biggest characters in Broadway history made his debut at one of Broadway's biggest theatres. The stars came out last night at the Broadway Theatre as King Kong celebrated opening night!

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King Kong has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2018.
King Kong has been nominated for the following Tony Awards: Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Peter Mumford, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Peter England, Best Sound Design of a Musical for Peter Hylenski, and Special Tony Awards for Sonny Tilders.
King Kong has won Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Peter Mumford, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Peter England, Best Sound Design of a Musical for Peter Hylenski, and Special Tony Awards for Sonny Tilders.
King Kong has been nominated for several awards including Outstanding Projection Design and Outstanding Puppet Design at the Drama Desk Awards. It was also nominated for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical at the Drama League Awards. Additionally, the show received nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Projection Design, Outstanding Sound Design, and Special Achievement Awards at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
King Kong has won several awards including Outstanding Projection Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Peter England, Outstanding Puppet Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Sonny Tilders, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical (Drama League Awards) for King Kong, Outstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Peter Mumford, Outstanding Projection Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Peter England, Outstanding Sound Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Peter Hylenski, and Special Achievement Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sonny Tilders.

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