King Kong posts Broadway closure notice

The Broadway premiere of King Kong will play its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on August 18, 2019.

King Kong

One final roar! Producers of the Broadway premiere of King Kong have now posted a closure notice, with the production playing its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on August 18, 2019. Upon closing, the musical will have played a total of 29 previews and 324 regular performances. King Kong is scheduled to open in Shanghai in 2021 and a North American Tour, as well as international productions for Japan and Spain, are all currently in development.

The Broadway production's creature design team (led by Sonny Tilders) received a Special Tony Award at this year's ceremony for the creation of the show's titular character.

King Kong began previews at the Broadway Theatre on October 5, 2018, ahead of an official opening on November 8.

Synopsis: "Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production of King Kong is a contemporary take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. The story follows a young actress and a maverick filmmaker as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining: a 20-foot high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. King Kong is a larger-than-life encounter with a legend that’s always been too big to contain."

King Kong features a book by Olivier & Tony Award winner Jack Thorne, with a score composed by 4-time Grammy Award nominee Marius de Vries and songs by Eddie Perfect. The production is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie and features scenic design by Peter England, creature design by Sonny Tilders, costume design by Roger Kirk, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by Peter Hylenski, and hair design by Tom Watson. In addition, Gavin Robins serves as aerial and King Kong movement director and David Caddick serves as Music Supervisor.

The Broadway cast is led by Christiani Pitts (as Ann Darrow), Eric William Morris (as Carl Denham), and Erik Lochtefeld (as Lumpy).

Authorized by the estate of Merian C. Cooper (creator of 'King Kong' and director of the 1933 film), King Kong staged its world premiere at the Regent Theatre, in Melbourne, Austrailia, on June 15, 2013.

King Kong is prodcued on Broadway by Carmen Pavlovic (for Global Creatures) and Roy Furman.

King Kong Tickets are available now for performances through August 18, 2019.

(Photos by Matthew Murphy)