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)


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

Ambitious, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you're interested in the stagecraft aspect - the gorilla is really cool! I also love the performance of Christiani Pitts.

Don't see it if you're expecting something more complex than the original B-movie material (which I think is unfair to the show, tbh).

Also I really don't understand why people are ragging on this show. No, the... Read more Read less

Great staging, Ambitious, Confusing, Epic

See it if you enjoy amazing stagecraft in regards to scenery, lighting, visual effects, and puppetry. Enjoy decent drama and singing in the 2nd act.

Don't see it if you need memorable songs in your musical and are bothered by real structural dramatic problems and lack of coherence in the lead character.

Also I could write a long critique of the problems with this play. The firs... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Great staging

See it if u think this adds up to a night out: Kong 95, sets/projections 85, music 55, lyrics 45, book 35. There's more to rate but it won't be good.

Don't see it if you don't want to suffer some really bad stuff to experience a pretty damn impressive puppet. Wish Kong were avail as an exhibit solo.

Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the technical marvel that is the King Kong puppet. It is truly impressive.

Don't see it if you want a musical with an exciting book and/or a memorable score. This musical isn't that. It's all about the puppet.

Riveting, Great staging, tech & puppetry, Amazing, Must see, One of a kind!

See it if Fantastic puppetry, Kong’s display of emotion & human qualities will warm your heart. Kudos to the technology behind KK & to his handlers

Don't see it if You are expecting a strong story with powerful stars. Loud roars may set off your pacemaker (haha). Perhaps see the movie first.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you like special effects. The staging, the effects and King Kong are fabulous----much more so than the singing, story line or dancing.

Don't see it if you want to be fully entertained by the acting. Only go if you LOVE special effects and the staging aspect of a play.

Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you want to see the big puppet and some AMAZING dancers.

Don't see it if you're expecting a cohesive story with well developed characters, or a score that makes any sense. SPECTACLE. Wish it had been 90 mins


See it if - excellent chorus and set but dull leading actors. First 10 minutes rock then the story dive bombs. You need to see a big Kong Puppet.

Don't see it if You need a show with heart or purpose. This one is their to showcase the Kong Puppet. You don't mind a few good moments followed by ennui.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you want to see an incredible spectacle... The kong puppet is amazing and the set is fantastic.

Don't see it if You are hoping for a show with good music and acting.

Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like Broadway musicals, great staging/projection, or puppetry. The singing/dancing are typically Broadway great. The puppet is amazing.

Don't see it if Story's a little thin and there's an emotional beat right before the denouement that's unearned. But seriously, the puppet's the thing here.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoy good singing and dancing.

Don't see it if you expect the King Kong puppet to perform amazing leaps and jumps.

Ambitious, Slow, Great staging, Clever, Fluffy

See it if You want to marvel at an amazing puppet+his handlers (like dancers the way they moved, and it really was a thing of beauty).

Don't see it if You want memorary songs or are going into this musical wanting to be really moved.

Also I really enjoy the classic film and loved that in this story line they... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Unique, Amazing tech and sets, Somewhat disjointed

See it if you are a fan of state-of-the-art puppetry (think War Horse on a grander scale); if you enjoy clever sets and use of projections

Don't see it if you're timid - the roaring is unsettling; if you want a true-to-the-movies stage version - this takes some liberties

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you want to see an interesting retelling of the classic movie with great special effects and puppetry.

Don't see it if you want an interpretation of the story without special effects.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Banal, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy watching and being amazed at bad movies - this is a stage version of that. How on earth did this happen?! Please read on below

Don't see it if you can't find a sick sense of enjoyment out of watching a dumpster fire happen right in front of you Please read below

Also This is honestly one of the worst things I have ever seen in my life. ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great technology, Great puppet, Overlong

See it if you like theme parks' rides and want to see great technology.

Don't see it if you expect "theatre"; it's pure spectacle

Also I wish the creators had made this production a silent 90 minute play. ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You want to see amazing puppetry mixed with new technology and great set design. The technical aspects are great.

Don't see it if Want a good story or music. The plot holes and the uneven pace are infuriating. I wasn’t sold and a technical marvel is not enough to save.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You’re looking for something easy. Check your brain at the door. I must admit, it was better than I expected it to be.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something deeper than a really cool gorilla puppet.

Puppet 85, musical 30

See it if You will appreciate the technical wizardry of the puppet and other effects.

Don't see it if You expect anything beyond the spectacle. The book and score leave a lot to be desired.

Ambitious, Slow, Masterful

See it if if you love an experience of a "real" King Kong as a puppet that is magnificent.

Don't see it if You're expecting to see an epic musical on Broadway.

Also My take is that if you're not paying the full Broadway price for a tic... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dated, Slow

See it if You want to see a giant monkey puppet, or a bonus giant snake puppet

Don't see it if You want to see a good show. Literally was just in it for the monkey puppet; in that respect, i got what i expected/came for

Ambitious, Spectacle, Great dancing, Cool effects

See it if you like shows rooted in spectacle, love the classic story, or want to see a new take on what a Broadway show can be - giant puppets and all

Don't see it if you expect great songs and the year's best performances. The cast is capable but nothing to write home about, most songs are forgetable.

Dizzying, Disappointing, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if you love special effects and are a visual person. you have a high tolerance for incessant roaring.

Don't see it if you like shows with music that stays with you; you hoped for a fresh take on the story; you want a heroine that isn't a shitty person.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

See it if If you like King Kong. The puppet, lighting and sound are awesome.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a good show. The story and lyrics are terrible. The show does not even really make sense.

Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You want to be astounded by puppetry. Only reason to go. Choreography and talent in the cast are great.... but....

Don't see it if You’re looking for great writing, music that is cohesive, a story that truly moves the characters forward... just go see the puppet.

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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