Already closed | 2h 25m | Midtown W

King Kong (NYC)

From 784 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever

About the show

One of the world’s most epic modern myths comes to Broadway in this new musical that employs an innovative mix of robotics, puppet, and stagecraft to bring the legendary ape to life. More…

Follow an ambitious 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 2,000-pound gorilla brought roaring to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. A larger-than-life encounter with a legend that’s always been too big to contain. Written by Jack Thorne ('Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'), directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie, with a new score by Marius de Vries ('La La Land') and Eddie Perfect ('Strictly Ballroom').  


2h 25m | Already closed | The Broadway Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (784)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever
71
Avg Score

60
Impressive gorilla, Meh humans, Loud, Disappointing

See it if you love special effects (lights, sound, projections). Kong is magnificent, but not enuf to save the productn. Still, can see $35m price tag

Don't see it if you want a strg plot, appealing chars, memorable melodies, clever lyrics, charismatic actors, funny lines, etc..you won't find them here.

78
Great staging, Spectacular, Ambitious, Entertaining, Better than the reviews!

See it if You enjoy spectacle over theatre. Jaw dropping staging used to faithfully tell story we all remember from the old movies. Great lighting.

Don't see it if You expect depth or any music that will move you or stay with you after you leave the theatre. This is about Kong. He does not disappoint.

Also I liked this show. There’s plenty to like here. Great lighting, intere... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if You want to see this 20 ft marionette that weighs over 2000 pounds.

Don't see it if You want to see great acting, book or songs. Star actors are average at best.

85
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Exciting, Surprising

See it if you're looking for a show that's all about spectacle that also has more substance than it has any right to have.

Don't see it if you have no sense of wonder.

79
Ambitious, Great staging, Underrated, Family-friendly, Entertaining

See it if u want a visual & aural treat in the retelling of the (timeworn) tale of tragic antihero Kong, his greedy captors & the beauty to his beast.

Don't see it if you expect an epic score or book to match the epic tale and truly epic (& breathtaking, captivating, exciting) puppetry & stage design.

Also A middling score (much stronger and more period-appropriate in Act I),... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you think you’ve seen it all on Broadway. The puppetry and puppet in this show elevate the spectacle of Broadway. And Pitts is a STAR.

Don't see it if your preference is small, intimate productions. This ain’t that.

Also I’m uncertain as to the middling reviews. I loved the music, the perfo... Read more Read less

72
Great staging, Epic, Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if You want a big spectacle of a Broadway experience, but have seen Phantom, Wicked, Lion King, & the other touristy shows.

Don't see it if You dislike the Kong story, or don't think it needs to be musicalized -- this show doesn't necessarily prove that it should be.

84
Incredible effects, some of the best you'll ever see, Christiani pitts sings beautifully and sets the perfect tone, As a fan of lighting, effects and scenery this play was epic, Very loud.

See it if Dazzled me...& my favorite effect was not even King Kong! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, but enjoy it I did. Pitt was IMPRESSIVE

Don't see it if you can't just sit back and enjoy it for what it is -- an amazing spectacle of broadway design artistry. Way too loud which was unpleasant.

Also A great show to take kids to --as long as they aren't too young and mi... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Ambitious, Must see, Great staging, Clever

See it if you appreciate all the technology: staging, lights, video projections, sound, puppetry all all excellent in sharing the story we know.

Don't see it if you want a hummable musical: sounds tell story but are clunky, acting is okay, choreography is good but they fall short in matching tech.

75
Clever, Moving, Ambitious, Great staging, Inconsistent

See it if for the spectacle - fabulous opening scene, amazing use of photographic backgrounds, talented dancers & the extraordinary puppet.

Don't see it if you are expecting the original film plot. This version is simplified.

88
Powerfully moving, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

See it if you liked the original movie and did not like the remakes. Exceptional stagecraft and use of lighting.The ultimate in puppets, outstanding!

Don't see it if you like sophisticated drama or lush musicals. You don't come to this show for the music.

Also I was stunned by the use of the sets and the lighting and the outstand... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Dizzying, Excellent special effects!, Super ape dancers!

See it if You like to see things out of the ordinary. You know the story, and don’t expect great songs but want campy action. The ape steals the show.

Don't see it if You expect to leave the theater humming great show tunes. This is all about special-effects and the big ape. May scare small kids.

Also If you go with low expectations, you will be pleasantly surprised. I t... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Great staging, All about kong, Entertaining, Interesting visuals

See it if Kong the creature is the real deal, bigger than life, expressive, spectacular. Creative puppetry with hard working puppeteers. Good dancers

Don't see it if your interest is good singing, music acting and script. The creators were so focused on Kong they forgot about the rest of the play.

Also Not a well rounded play. It needs better music and lyrics as well as a... Read more Read less

59
Disappointing, Bad score, Innovative

See it if you don't mind trading spectacle for everything else, and you like cool special effects.

Don't see it if you mind that not only are all the songs just bad, the lyrics, book and choreography are pretty bad too.

53
Cliched, Banal, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You have a child to entertain and wear ear plugs.perhaps you love puppets well this is a lalapalooza.

Don't see it if You have a problem with noise and pointlessness. Seatting is terrifically uncomfortable.

66
My kind of musical

See it if You enjoy big and powerful special effects.

Don't see it if You must sit in the upper part of the balcony. If you’re going to invest the time into seeing the show pay for a good ticket

Also Don’t trust anything I say about musicals because I don’t like them an... Read more Read less

92
Must see, Absorbing, Fast paced, Poignant, But....

See it if You have any wonder in your soul. Beautifully paced often edge of your seat. A heartbreaking Kong... and a breathtaking set and staging.

Don't see it if unfortunately everything else really sucked. I wish that it wasn't a musical. Lots of music and sound effects: good banal songs: bad .

Also And not an actor on stage had any charm for me. Seriously; strained rh... Read more Read less

91
Must see, Underrated, Unlikely diamond in the rough, Entertaining, Solid musical theatre

See it if you miss full B'way shows that don’t cut corners. Made to wow new audiences, not stubbornly defend out of touch values of bygone eras.

Don't see it if you prefer the 1930s & dislike adaptations—particularly ones taking a critical look at the originals & acknowledging modern sensibilities.

Also It’s inexplicable that critics who faintly praised an insipidly retrog... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if see notes

Don't see it if see notes

Also The show falls flat on it's face 80% of the time, good voices but terr... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated

See it if An incredible visual performance. King Kong , the puppet is a marvel, an amazing sight. The rest of the show pales in comparison.

Don't see it if If you expect a well developed musical.

83
Stunning set design, Surprising moments dovetail with forgettable ones, Weak storytelling, Mostly-forgettable music, Kong’s puppeteering “handlers” and creators are the real stars of the show

See it if you must see what all the spectacle is about (and King Kong, the beast and how he is presented, IS quite impressive); have an imagination.

Don't see it if you lack a sense of wonder; are invested in strong music or storytelling more than visual marvels, Kong’s gripping design, & video screens.

Also King Kong first makes you feel childlike, desperate to glimpse the bea... Read more Read less

20
Overrated, Slow, Insipid, Fluffy, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a puppet on stage with horrible written songs and the music was horrendous.

Don't see it if you want to see a better musical on broadway or really anywhere else

63
Disappointing, Great staging

See it if enjoy spectacle. Great puppetry, lighting, and projections. Puppeterrs and dancers are working very hard

Don't see it if Want actual music (as opposed to background noise), leads who one care about, and a better story.

52
Ambitious, Tech spectacle, Disappointing music/score, Great staging, Cliched

See it if you want theme park spectacle & effects more than quality theater. Terrific Kong mechanism evokes emotion - which music & acting do not.

Don't see it if you want music or dance that enhance story; they're extraneous in this beauty-beast tale. Show is entertaining, but good B'way theater? No.

66
Ambitious, Great staging, Insipid, And except tof the huge mechanical ape, this show is forgetable!!!!!!!!!!

See it if your curiosity about seeing a huge ape on stage gets you.

Don't see it if you are expecting a musical that is as well crafted as the creation of ape itself.

Also To my surprise, I can honestly say that the ensemble cast of King King... Read more Read less


November 8th, 2018
"Green: A car wreck of clichés like that simply can’t put a feminist story across meaningfully. Or any story, really — and that’s a bigger problem than the bad score and sluggish 20-foot marionette...Brantley: The story — and the music and the dancing — are basically just filler until Kong shows ...
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November 8th, 2018
"The titular creation is truly impressive: a 20-foot, 2,000-pound animatronic marvel that would be the pride of any amusement-park thrill ride...Yet this very special effect is trapped in a show that is mostly pretty awful. It pads its spectacular attraction in a skeletal, hackneyed story...The t...
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November 8th, 2018
"King Kong–the–creature is a truly marvelous feat—of design, of engineering, of choreography, of performers and operators and stage managers functioning at bomb-diffusion levels of precision—and 'King Kong'-–the–show is, beyond its spectacle, generic. It’s an amped-up blockbuster with largely for...
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November 12th, 2018
“Kong is the show’s true star. He’s huge, muscular, and bottomlessly dark—all black and gray. His hands and feet are operated, in minutest detail, by a small, dancerly army, and his face moves via uncannily precise—and, I’ll admit, touching...There aren’t any instantly classic songs in the show, ...
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