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

During previews
57
Cliched, Ridiculous, Come on

See it if There is absolutely no reason on gods green earth to put this on Broadway. Is Broadway that desperate for material? Can’t be!

Don't see it if U have tickets to anything else

During previews
60
Ambitious, Spectacle

See it if You appreciate large sets and the amazing work they've done with the Kong puppet.

Don't see it if You appreciate a quality score and book.

During previews
77
Great staging, Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid, Banal

See it if You like King Kong, special effects, stage crafting, technology, excellent set changes, excitement.

Don't see it if you are looking for memorable songs and music, great acting, lots of dancing, traditional broadway musicals.

During previews
67
Ambitious, Banal, Ridiculous

See it if What did I just watch? Ummmm. This doesn’t belong on Broadway. This is,, ummmm. Loss for words

Don't see it if You don’t want to watch a giant puppet ape be puppeted into puppetry

During previews
63
Ambitious, Dizzying, Wierd

See it if great staging, same old story, feels out of place on broadway

Don't see it if apes scare you

During previews
80
Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Larger than life, good update to the story, fun singing and dancing, Kong is impressive

Don't see it if Familiar story, relied heavily on engineered stuff over people

During previews
100
Must see, Heart-stopping, Unprecedented puppetry and staging

See it if You're looking to be thrilled and want that never-before-seen experience on Broadway! The genius of the puppet and staging are mind-blowing!

Don't see it if You are not into spectacle. The puppet is the number one reason to see the show, followed by the staging, physical theatre, and effects!

Also As I sat in the theater waiting for the lights to dim, my heart was po... Read more Read less

During previews
66
Ambitious, Epic, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You are wanting to see amazing puppetry and a spectacle. Songs are also pretty impressively written. Dancing and choreography are amazing!

Don't see it if You are looking for great writing and a touching storyline. The lines were a tad cheesy. For what it is, it is better than I expected.

During previews
90
Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Must see!

See it if The staging is unbelievable! It is cleverly done & mesmerizing!

Don't see it if You are looking for an amazing score - the songs are not great but the visuals more than make up for it

During previews
100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful, Great staging

See it if Amazing show in every way. Great staging and portrayal of gorilla. Something you must see to believe!

Don't see it if Maybe not for young children if easily scared

During previews
63
Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing, Epic, Fluffy

See it if They're still in previews. It will improve.

Don't see it if Don't expect cgi effects.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if See it if you are a theatre geek who enjoys amazing stagecraft - it is truly mind blowing, coupled with a familiar well-told story.

Don't see it if You expect to be humming the score when leaving the theatre -- the score serves the show and plot well (and is well-played by a great band).

During previews
74
Clever, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like something different

Don't see it if If you don't like slow moving or musicals

Also Excellent puppetry and special effects but show was slow moving and a ... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Great staging, Great dancing, Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you love choreography, dancing and amazing puppetry

Don't see it if you want memorable songs

During previews
100
Epic, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love masterful puppetry and want to see an incredible spectacle. The visual effects were incredible and the King Kong puppet was great.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep and thought provoking show.

Also The show did what it sought out to do which was to take a classic stor... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Spectacular, Clever, Epic, Masterful, Quirky

See it if You appreciate great stagecraft and amazing theatrics. The score, book, lyrics are up for debate but the sheer spectacle made it worth it

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate spectacle and want a traditional musical

During previews
82
Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You want your senses to be heightened!

Don't see it if You're looking for a perfect plot.

During previews
87
Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like to be visually awe-stricken. Kong was a more amazing “puppet” than one can imagine.

Don't see it if You are entertained by drama. This show is visually stunning but lacks plot and character development at times.

During previews
80
Ambitious, Great staging, Awesome puppetry

See it if You appreciate unique engineering and behind the scenes tech crew (puppeteers)

Don't see it if You expect a wonderful score, a soulful experience or great acting

During previews
51
Ambitious, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Confusing

See it if You think special effects and ambitious staging are enough to make good theatre.

Don't see it if You are looking for high level writing and a great inspiring story.

During previews
100
Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Great singing

See it if You love a great story with phenomenal staging and music.

Don't see it if Don't like special effects and some loud noises occasionally

During previews
91
Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Intense

See it if The staging was fabulous. Kong was awesome.

Don't see it if I personally did not enjoy the lead actress singing. Not powerful enough

During previews
100
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Fantastic show. The staging is incredible. The work that has to go into something like this. Wow!!! King Kong himself is a wonder

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you’re ok with missing out.

During previews
100
Intense, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You want to see amazing puppetry and staging. We had children with us, ages 6, 13 and 15 and they were Amazed! King Kong is powerful!

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a show with powerful sound and lights. I honestly have nothing negative to say about it! It was outstanding!


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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