Ends Aug 18 | 2h 25m | Midtown W

King Kong (NYC)

From 772 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 | Ends Aug 18 | The Broadway Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (772)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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

86
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.

89
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

97
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.

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.

83
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

72
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

49
Spectacle, Loud, Great staging

See it if Nearly every element of this show is pretty terrible. But the ape and the lighting design are worth the price of admission alone.

Don't see it if I definitely will not judge you if you skip it.

70
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.

74
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.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy a real spectacle live and on stage. Amazing special effects demonstrating what can be done by clever talented people.

Don't see it if You want more story...& a protagonist to respect. King Kong represents cruelty to animals. Greed and abuse for extravagant personal gains.

49
Disappointing, Excruciating, Banal, Bad score, Good set

See it if The ape is the only reason to see this. Bad score, mediocre dancing, 2nd rate leads. The set is not bad. all told you do better at Disney

Don't see it if you want a show with a first rate score, dancing and singing.This is more an excuse for the ape puppet (which is good) than a musical

74
Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if A spectacle in that the amazing King Kong is brought to life.

Don't see it if A musical version of King Kong isn't your thing.

71
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.

75
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

25
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you love a mess of a musical, or if you just really want to see the giant puppet.

Don't see it if you like quality musical theater. This is not that.

Also The puppet is impressive. Fine. But the songs are CRAZY. Techno? Laser... Read more Read less

80
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.

72
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.

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.

81
Edgy, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you want to se an original play because the visual part of it is edgy.

Don't see it if you know the King Kong story and find it boring.

Also The main actress and singer is ok but she is not ready for this role. ... Read more Read less

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.

75
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.

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


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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