Wednesday, May 17

King Kong the Musical to follow Miss Saigon on Broadway directed by Drew McOnie

Producers Global Creatures and Roy Furman have just announced that King Kong the musical will arrive on in Autumn 2018 at the Shubert  Broadway Theatre following the limited engagement of Miss Saigon which as previously announced will begin its North American tour in September 2018. The first preview, press opening, and on-sale dates will be announced in the coming months

The musical has been written by Jack Thorne, who received the 2017 Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and wrote the critically acclaimed play Let the Right One In.The show will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, an Olivier Award winner for the London production of In the Heights and an Olivier Award nominee this year for Jesus Christ Superstar. He directed the U.K. premiere of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical, and the recent London productions of The Wild Party and On the Town which is soon to open at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

The score for King Kong is composed by four-time Grammy nominee Marius de Vries ( La La Land, Moulin Rouge, and Romeo + Juliet) with songs by Helpmann Award winner Eddie Perfect, composer and lyricist of the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice, Strictly Ballroom The Musical and Shane Warne The Musical.

Pioneering creature designer Sonny Tilders developed Kong for the show, bringing together the worlds of animatronics and puppetry that has never been seen on stage before. Tilders was honored by the Helpmann Awards, Australia's highest theatrical honor, for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement.

The show, which ran in Australia in 2013 and has gone through a series of readings and workshops since, welcomes new creative team members after cycling through several Broadway notables. Composer Jason Robert Brown was brought onboard in 2015 to write songs with De Vries. A previous version featured a book by Marsha Norman, who departed the production in late 2016. A 2016 workshop featured direction by Tony nominee Eric D. Shaeffer and choreography by Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse.

King Kong's design team for Broadway will include Peter England (Set Design), Sonny Tilders (Creature Design), Roger Kirk (Costume Design), Peter Mumford (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Gavin Robins (Aerial and King Kong Movement Director),

Casting, additional members of the creative team, and booking details for will be announced at a later date.

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