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
71
Avg Score

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

72
Fluffy, Epic kong, Great dancing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see Kong! It is worth seeing the show just to see the great King Kong in action. Dancers were also great!

Don't see it if you want memorable music or characters other than Kong.

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

72
Entertaining, Epic, Great staging

See it if King Kong is epic beast on the Great White Way. It's an event musical with enough energy to be good entertainment.

Don't see it if A big monkey is on the stage and the story is build around him.

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.

77
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if just to see King Kong himself is worth going. seeing this played out as a musical.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of musicals

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. :/

76
An event., Ambitious, Visually spectacular., Glad i didn't miss it.

See it if you like to be wowed technically and don't mind a so so book and score.

Don't see it if Want great book score and acting.

Also The tech. was enough for me and the show itself isn't as horrible as m... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great staging, Epic

See it if King Kong puppetry and scenic design are a must see. It was magical to see Kong come alive.

Don't see it if movies that become unsuccessful musicals are not your thing.

80
Must see, Awful, Hilarious, Insipid, Ambitious

See it if you want to sit back and enjoy an evening of spectacularly dreadful but incredibly fun theatre. It's basically a Disneyland attraction

Don't see it if you have absurd expectations for a property like King Kong.

Also Kong himself is truly spellbinding, as is a good portion of the show's... Read more Read less

78
Better than the new york times review

See it if you love Broadway magic. King Kong is worth the price of the ticket. When he is on stage, you will be mesmerized.

Don't see it if you are expecting beautiful lyrics. Don't see it if you do not like loud music. Don't see it if you want great dancing.

Also But do see it for the lighting, the puppetry, and the stagecraft. The ... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Great staging, Epic, Incredible puppetry, Horrendous music

See it if You love the story of King Kong and want to see how it can be adapted to the stage. Kong is incredible to witness in person.

Don't see it if You cannot get over the horrible music and lyrics in this show. If you are sick of movie to stage adaptations.

Also I went into the show with an open mind and overall I was pleased. If y... Read more Read less

85
Two for the price of one

See it if The kid in you or with you would be in awe of a mammoth, ear-splitting Kong and the best-ever special effects. That is one show.

Don't see it if The adult in you or with you would be in a snit over the ‘other’ show. One with the worst-ever score, clunky choreography, one-dimensional

Also characters and actors. There are something like 27 co-producers includ... Read more Read less

70
Kinda dumb, A little boring, Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you like spectacle. The ape & set are technological wonders. The score weak. The story somewhat boring. But man, the spectacle!!!

Don't see it if you don't care about a giant ape & the rather silly story surrounding him. The spectacle is everything here. No other reason to go.

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.

72
Crap score, Astounding puppetry, Ambitious, Entertaining, Weak leads

See it if To see Kong! The puppetry is absolutely amazing. It's the only reason to see the show. And the set was cool when not overrun by LED screens.

Don't see it if You want strong leads & decent score. Music couldn't pick a genre & blatantly ripped off well-known songs. Lead characters/actors were weak.

Also The one and only reason to see this show is for the puppetry, plain an... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great staging, Outstanding puppetry

See it if you have an overwhelming curiosity about how this memorable old movie was adapted for the stage, & you need to see King Kong to satisfy it!

Don't see it if you seek great lyrics & tunes that you'll be humming all the way home. Looking for more than just an enjoyable spectacle? Try another show!

76
Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You enjoy great puppetry and staging and choreography but aren't so interested in the story. If you like Disney shows, you'll like this.

Don't see it if You expect great music or singing or a coherent storyline.

68
Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if If you like a big musical with tremendous sets and dancing

Don't see it if Boring music and disappointing lead!

Also I saw King Kong the musical Friday evening and you ask how was it? I p... Read more Read less

12
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Terrible writing

See it if only if you are burning with curiosity to see the puppet. it is literally the only highlight but even that feat can't carry the show

Don't see it if you don't want to put yourself through excruciating story telling. the writing is probably the worst since Paramore...

71
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the King Kong story or an underdog story, like spectacle musicals, and can enjoy different genres of music.

Don't see it if If you dislike spectacles, cannot suspend disbelief for a show, or are not a fan of puppetry.

Also Best comparison I can come up with is a theme ride from an amusement p... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Entertaining, Fast paced, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the best ape ever to hit Broadway.

Don't see it if you rely on jaded New York critics.

65
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a spectacle - this was created as a vehicle for interesting staging with a huge puppet (which blew me away!)

Don't see it if You're looking for a good musical - this is all about Kong. It could have worked just as well with no songs.


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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