The previously reported new stage musical of King Kong, the sci-fi adventure melodrama about the giant ape who is exploited by showmen and falls in love with a blonde beauty, will get its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013. The goal of a 2013 Broadway bow was previously reported, and that’s still the hope.
The Australian production company Global Creatures (of the arena spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs and the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon) is creating the large-cast show, drawing from the classic Depression-era movie (and the public-domain novel, according to Variety) in which a giant ape is plucked from a tropical island and brought to New York City — to appear in a vaudeville house. Expect a massive robotic Kong to rule the stage. The show is aimed at theatres rather than arenas, the creators said.
It will reportedly play the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, on dates yet to be announced.
As previously reported, King Kong – Live on Stage will feature a score by Marius de Vries (Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet”) and a book by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss). De Vries will also arrange the period songs.
THIS MUSIC IS FROM THE 60′S PRODUCTION…..