Already closed | 2h 25m | Midtown W

King Kong (NYC)

From 774 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 (774)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

68
Amazing tech, Insipid, Forgettable book/score, Some good moments, Despite faults, the puppetry makes it worth seeing

See it if you're curious to see how Broadway pulls off some amazing tech. Kong (the puppet) is spectacular.

Don't see it if you don't care about seeing Kong--because that's about all the show has to offer.

Also Went into this with low expectations. Seeing Kong was amazing, but mos... Read more Read less

56
Disappointing, Epic, Great set design, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something that is a sort of compromise between musical theatre and amusement park attraction.

Don't see it if You are looking for a memorable score. You dislike productions that lean heavily upon design elements to buoy the show.

Also "I think we're still in a muddle with our language, because once you g... Read more Read less

60
Cliched

See it if The King Kong puppet effects are interesting to watch. A strong, non-damsel-in-distress lead is refreshing but she could've done more.

Don't see it if Meh music and story that seemed to fall flat on our audience.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $49. Fourth row on the side.

69
Lacking, Impressive, Repetitive, Theatrical

See it if You're intrigued by how they can produce King Kong as an animated being on stage; the scale is often impressive and some choreo delights

Don't see it if You need powerhouse vocals or if you're opposed to heavy reliance on projections. The story and characters are often lackluster.

67
Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are theater junkie and you like cool staging. See it only for creature, in fact.

Don't see it if you have low threshold for cliched dialogue and men behaving badly.

50
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You want to see the puppet or sets. That’s it!

Don't see it if You want good music, good story, good staging, good acting, or good choreography. This show has none of those.

60
Cliched, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You want to see tremendous stagecraft.

Don't see it if You want good songs or an interesting plot. The entire show comes across as an overproduced theme park ride.

69
Indulgent, Insipid, Epic, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the most amazing puppeteering ever

Don't see it if You are looking for something high quality in any way other than the spectacle.

Also I went for the puppet - I loved the puppet. It was amazing. The techno... Read more Read less

68
Visual, Amazing puppetry, Great effects, Poor character development

See it if The ape puppet! Masterful art watching crew maneuver Kong-emotions come across clearly. Truly a marvel- very cool set pieces and effects.

Don't see it if Beyond the puppet, the characters are not fully realized and their motivations make no sense. Many plot points left hanging-the book is poor

50
Overrated, Banal, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You want to see the puppet, the only thing worth going for.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that takes itself seriously. The show dragged, with forgettable music, and an ending song that was laughable.

55
There’s no business, like show business, unless it’s monkey business

See it if there’s a 2000 pound gorilla in the room that will no doubt impress you, but did it need to be a musical?

Don't see it if music and book should be scrapped; they should just focus on the puppetry, animatronics and video projections...

Also The Broadway Theater is a perfect venue for spectacles that have a hel... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you innovative staging, a talented company and really cool puppetry.

Don't see it if you want memorable songs or an exciting story line. I felt the music kept trying to do everything from ballads to techno remixes. :/

52
Ambitious, Disappointing, Epic, Spectacle

See it if you only care about spectacle. The show has some entertaining moments but they are surrounded by missed opportunities

Don't see it if you are wanting to see the next hit or wanting to be moved by anything. There's really no gain or loss to seeing the show.

Also Everything either goes too far or doesn't go far enough. Kong had nuan... Read more Read less

68
Poor writing, Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You're looking for something epic with stunning technology and ground-breaking effects.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show with a memorable score and if you come to shows solely for their material / characters.


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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