Already closed | 2h 25m | Midtown W

King Kong (NYC)

From 833 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 (833)


Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Banal, Disappointing

See it if incredible puppetry and animatronics. Worth seeing for this alone-- an ​ensemble of actors working the Kong figure in sync is amazing.

Don't see it if Sadly, the songs are a little thin, the plot is basic--too bad not more nuanced, and dancing is fun--but it needs better songs.

Technologically perfect, true spectacle

See it if Marvel at ingenuity .... incredible technology (score 100) , everything else is less impressive, but so what!

Don't see it if Looking for a textbook musical.

Great staging, Energetic dancing, Weak score, Weak plot

See it if technology is your thing. The gorilla's handlers make his moves terrific. Christiani Pitts is excellent & could use better material.

Don't see it if You enjoy a strong plot and a good score.

Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the coolest spectacles ever done on Broadway. The Gorilla is spectacular. Best puppet work since War Horse.

Don't see it if want to see a good musical. All the musical elements of the show were not good. No memorable music and the book is a mess.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to experience a thoroughly enjoyable evening on Broadway. The technology employed for this show is amazing. I will see it again.

Don't see it if you're not looking for a joyous evening.

Ambitious, Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You want to see great technical effects. The songs were okay.But the female lead was refreshing in her role. The scenery and kong were good

Don't see it if You want a more cohesive plot line and are a fan of great singing.

Ambitious, Great staging, Dizzying, Indulgent, Astounding

See it if Christiani Pitts and King Kong are amazing and rise above the material; engaging for younger audiences; more similar to Cirque shows

Don't see it if Music serves purpose as belting vehicle for Pitts but otherwise forgettable and varying styles are jarring; amusement park musical on sroids

Great staging, Disappointing, Dated, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You really just need to see this for the Masterful Puppetry of King Kong. The Story is bad, but singing is decent. Kong is just amazing.

Don't see it if expecting to be blown away by an amazing cast recording or story. I recommend seeing this for what it is, an amazing production of King Kong

Also Treat this show like a ride at Universal Studios, where you wait on li... Read more Read less

Tedious, Excruciating, Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the puppetry and robotics that created the ape. Or if you are the kind of person who needs to see every Bway show.

Don't see it if you expect good songs or an exciting show. I found it tedious after the first few minutes of Kong. Sets were great. I left at intermission.

Epic, Intense, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if See it if you are a fan of the various King Kong movies.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are not a fan.

Also The beginning was slow and confusing. It was not until they landed at ... Read more Read less

Intense, Ambitious, Cliched, King kong puppet is amazing

See it if you want to see a spectacle - you will not be disappointed in the scenery and the King Kong Puppet. It brings out the kid in you.

Don't see it if you want to see something profound. The musical part of the show is not very interesting. The choreography at times is silly.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Riveting, Fluffy, Epic

See it if It’s all about the gorilla. This is a big spectacle show. If you like that kind of thing, you’ll love this. They got that part very right.

Don't see it if You want high art, a great book, and a great score. This is a spectacle show. It completely delivers on that, but not so much on other stuff

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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