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
Avg Score

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want a different theater experience, you like King Kong, and/or you want to see amazing staging and a fantastic set.

Don't see it if you scare easily, you don't like King Kong, you don't like loud noises or flashing lights, and/or you expect a deep, profound storyline.

Also Overall, the play was very well done and the story was pretty good. Th... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if because you may never have the chance to see such spectacular special effects on Broadway.King is worth the price of the ticket

Don't see it if you are looking for memorable songs or a great story

During previews
Exquisite, Ambitious, Great staging, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You love the premise of King Kong. If you enjoy giant puppetry!

Don't see it if You are looking for a relaxing and slow time.

During previews
Great staging, Ambitious, Masterful, Intense, Entertaining

See it if Want to be amazed at the spectacular king king. The staging was magnificent. He ran, roared, climbed and took a bow

Don't see it if You don’t want to go back to your childhood and experience the wonderment if King King

Also He moved and acted as if he was really alive. The audience stood and c... Read more Read less

During previews
Epic, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Amazing puppetry

See it if you enjoy amazing staging, phenominal sets/effects, and the traditional story of King Kong.

Don't see it if you don't like the story of King Kong or you're looking for something more traditional.

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you are fan of any version of King Kong, especially the original; and you want to see amazing technical feats on stage

Don't see it if you are not moved by the story of King Kong story, and not impressed by special effects on stage

Also The thought of King Kong as a musical may not appeal to many, however,... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Dizzying, Great staging, Intense

See it if you REALLY want to see something like no other on broadway. The graphics used in this show are pretty cool however.

Don't see it if you’ve got young children and or not a fan of loud growls. The singing & dancing aren’t totally bad but the main draw is King Kong himself

During previews
Ambitious, Overrated, Circus like, Disappointing

See it if Great special effects. The ape is fantastic.

Don't see it if It's not a show. It's a one puppet act. spectacular puppet. But a little pricey. Too loud, even the singing is loud. And bring earplugs

Also This is the result of our culture of movies being nothing but fight sc... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Great staging, Epic

See it if you’re looking for brilliant puppetry, staggering scope, inventive choreography, thrilling theatrical moments, sights to behold!

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical. It’s not. There aren’t a whole lot of songs. It’s very “now,” even though it’s set in the 30s.

Also I think people want to hate this show. I loved nearly every moment of ... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, High tech

See it if You enjoy high tech puppetry and scenery

Don't see it if You’re afraid of gorilllas; expecting a top notch broadway musical; are an animal rights activist

Also I didn’t really feel the bond between kong and the girl

During previews
Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Loved the puppetry and the visual effects of the show. If you want want to see how the portrayed King Kong

Don't see it if If you are expecting to see and absorbing plot.

During previews
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You already know and love the story or if you just want to be amazed!

Don't see it if You don't like the idea of a main character being a puppet.

Also This show blew my mind!! There are hardly words to describe the magic ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to see King Kong run through the jungle with girl in hand and climb the Empire State Building. Very clever and impressive.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a great script and memorable songs.

During previews
Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see the giant gorilla. The staging and special effects were great.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical with great acting and singing, which you will remember forever.

During previews
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you have nothing else to do and want to check out some great puppetry and special effects. The choreography is also quite good.

Don't see it if You like a good story with a connection between characters. The lead has no connection to Kong. It is poorly written and directed.

Also The show has such potential, but fell so short. The lead had no charac... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Riveting

See it if you want to see something different and inventive for the theater. The staging is fantastic and really hard to explain. You must see it!

Don't see it if you don't like being surprised at the theater and you think it might be for is not!

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You liked the movie(s) or appreciate incredible staging, kong comes to life on stage, it’s unbelievable

Don't see it if You didn’t like the movie(s) or would take issue seeing people make him move, while unbelievable, you can see how he is “brought to life”

During previews
Entertaining, Dizzying, Riveting

See it if you want to witness a 20 foot gorilla puppet running.

Don't see it if you have high expectations for the music. It's all over the place and slides into dubstep territory.

During previews
Clever, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to see a 50 ft Kong come to life before your eyes. The puppeteering is amazing! Truly an awe-dropping show

Don't see it if You don’t like puppetry or being amazed by a 50 ft gorilla . Great for most ages. Young children might get scared. Gorilla roars loudly

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Impressive, Epic

See it if it's only for KONG. The king doesn't disappoint. Projection scenery was excellent. I expected more from the music and choreography.

Don't see it if you're expecting a well balanced musical. (first preview)

During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if A show’s hype is all you’re interested in

Don't see it if You want an interesting, compelling theater experience

During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Lacking

See it if If you like great special effects and some great dance .numbers like living in the 20s. Scenery attractive to the eye

Don't see it if if you expect to see real theater. Acting needs to be more energetic. Need to hide the puppeteers better. Remember Beauty killed the beast.

Also That was the best line in the movie. No real feelings to the show.Need... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Intense, Must see, Masterful, Epic

See it if You love the story. The sets were AMAZING, totally stole the show. It was so immersive: lighting, background arts & music blends perfectly.

Don't see it if You dislike loud roar & gun shots.

Also The team did a FANTASTIC job on the ship scene in first act as well as... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Must see, Cliched

See it if The best stagecraft you will ever ever see. The set design and puppetry will blow you away.

Don't see it if Clichéd lyrics, mediocre acting, no heart. You really don't care what happens, but it is a feast for the eyes and ears.

During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Must see

See it if You love special effects and great choreography.

Don't see it if Heavy light shows are distracting to you.

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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