King Kong will officially open on November 8, 2018 at the Broadway Theatre

Previews begin on October 5, 2018 for the Broadway premiere of the monstrous musical.

King Kong

"Ladies and gentlemen, seeing is believing..." and now prodcuers Global Creatures and Roy Furman have announced the dates when audiences will be able to witness Kong's "return" to the Great White Way. The long-awaited Broadway premiere of King Kong will officially open at the Broadway Theatre on November 8, 2018, following previews from October 5.

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

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.

Casting for the production will be announced at a later date.

Authorized by the estate of Merian C. Cooper (creator of 'King Kong' and director of the 1933 film), King Kong staged its world premiere on June 15, 2013 at the Regent Theatre, in Melbourne, Austrailia, following previews from May 28. It was originally scheduled to play a limited run through to July 28, 2013, however after three extensions, it finally closed on February 16, 2014.

The $30 million Melbourne production featured several new songs by Marius de Vries as well as new arrangements for such Broadway standards as “Get Happy,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime.” The Australian cast included Esther Hannaford (as Ann Darrow), Adam Lyon (as Carl Denham), Chris Ryan (as Jack Driscoll), Richard Piper (as Captain Engelhorn) and Queenie van de Zandt (as Cassandra).

Check out the production photos of the Australian world premiere.


Esther Hannaford (as Ann Darrow) with Kong
Photo by Jeff Busby


Esther Hannaford (as Ann Darrow) with Kong
Photo by Jeff Busby


Photo by James Morgan


Photo by James Morgan


Photo by James Morgan