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King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby Gwangi » Wed May 17, 2017 7:39 pm

Not sure where this topic belonged since it is not movies or T.V. (mods, we need a musicals category! :mrgreen: ).

After a couple of years in Australia, King Kong the musical is finally going to make its Broadway debut in the Fall of 2018.

http://variety.com/2017/legit/news/king-kong-musical-broadway-1202430301/

The puppets and animatronics are going to be handled by Sonny Tilders, who I understand has done some spectacular work on other live shows such as "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "How to Train your Dragon".

Any song writers out there, I suggest go write some kaiju material, submit it to Toho and thus we can have Godzilla debuting on Broadway as well!
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Re: King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby lhb412 » Wed May 17, 2017 8:36 pm

The footage I've seen of the giant Kong puppet is amazing. It'd be incredible to see live.

I wonder how substantially retooled the story/music is from the original Australian run?
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Re: King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed May 17, 2017 9:00 pm

Gwangi wrote:The puppets and animatronics are going to be handled by Sonny Tilders, who I understand has done some spectacular work on other live shows such as "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "How to Train your Dragon".


It's in good hands, then.

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Re: King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby Gwangi » Thu May 18, 2017 4:54 pm

That "Walking with Dinosaurs" show was touring in the U.S. a couple of years ago, and when it arrived in my area, unfortunately, I could not make it, but some friends went and thought it spectacular.

If Toho is smart, they should try to persuade the Olympic Committee to include Godzilla in the either the opening or closing ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and hire Sonny Tilders to handle all of the puppets and animatronics.

lhb412 wrote:I wonder how substantially retooled the story/music is from the original Australian run?


I am not familiar with how the story was executed for the Australian musical. Perhaps it was leaning a bit more to the 2005 film, rather than 1933, or it was a hybrid of both. Regardless, if it is a success on Broadway, it will eventually tour around the country and maybe I will eventually catch it if it is playing in Southern California.
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Postby canofhumdingers » Thu May 18, 2017 5:43 pm

I saw the Walking With Dinosaurs live show years ago in Saint Paul. It was really really neat. I'd totally be into seeing a King Kong live show by the same creative team.
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Re: King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby lhb412 » Thu May 18, 2017 8:26 pm

*insert comment about how ironic it is to bring King Kong to Broadway for a show*
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Re: King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby EricDent » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:39 pm

Sounds cool!

As for that Godzilla at the Olympics thing, either have him "eat" the torch runner & then light the big flame himself, or have him stomp the torch at the closing ceremonies.

Still think the torch person should come into the stadium riding Kanada's bike & do the famous power slide.
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Re: King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby lhb412 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:48 pm

Since the Walking With Dinosaurs/How to Train Your Dragon guys are working on it hopefully it means more monsters on Skull Island. To my knowledge the Australian version just had a giant snake, alá Kong '76.
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Re: King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby EricDent » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:08 am

I looked at a video of some of the effects on King Kong the Musical, and they looked pretty impressive.
Not quite as impressive as those Walking With Dinosaurs/How To Train Your Dragon ones.

Man, I wish I had known the Walking with Dinosaurs thing was that cool looking.
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Re: King Kong - the musical coming to Broadway!

Postby Gwangi » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:32 am

Any New Yorkers out there? It looks like one can now purchase tickets for King Kong the Musical, which is debuting on Nov. 2018. Who will be our Broadway reviewer! :mrgreen:

http://kingkongbroadway.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAh_DTBRCTARIsABlT9MZW1u6JzTksiAANnjquTgnXO0PZTm8WBnutJ2vFy144WHTngNdNMykaAqUGEALw_wcB
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