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

74
Great staging, Epic, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You admire puppet work, like splashy technical theatre or are a fan of anthropomorphic characters

Don't see it if You want a lot of substance, don't care for effects and heavy underscoring, want witty and believable characters or a well written book

59
Indulgent, Insipid, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you want to see fantastic puppetry and a committed ensemble of performers

Don't see it if you are expecting anything meaningful. this is pure spectacle for spectacle's sake.

Also It was hard to compile my thoughts because the night I attended the au... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Enchanting, Banal

See it if Kong is amazing!

Don't see it if You want great music and singing and dancing.

0
Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Hilarious

See it if You have nothing else to see? You want a lesson in how not to write a book? Or if you want to see actors trying to make this work.

Don't see it if You have any other options. Seriously. It’s bad.

72
Moving, Dramatic, Entertaining, A spectacle, Great staging

See it if you want to see a fantastic SPECTACLE as the staging of this familiar story is truly incredible with the unforgettable King Kong puppetry.

Don't see it if you want to see great acting, memorable music, interesting choreography, or an absorbing plot. Volume and strobe lights are annoying.

Also I had company visiting me from Austria and, since I've already seen mu... Read more Read less

71
Ambitious, Dated, Great staging

See it if You enjoy female lead with great voice, excellent dancing, incredible puppeteers, amazing effects and awesome monkey!

Don't see it if you are looking for interesting book, great acting, or drama.

85
Ambitious, Visually stunning, Half crap, half wow!, Sufficiently entertaining, A stage spectacle

See it if you are willing to forgive the bad and be amazed at the stagecraft. The critics were wrong to slam it but come with low expectations.

Don't see it if the best visuals in history are not enuf to overcome the fact that we all know the story details at every turn.

78
Clever, Delightful, Creative

See it if You appreciate creativity. Tho the story line is weak, The creativity of King Kong Is worth the price of a ticket.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of automation or expect tony levelvacting and story line

70
Great staging, Great special effects, Impressive set design, Intense sounds, Captivating

See it if you liked the movie and want to experience the immense presence of King Kong on stage. Special effects, sets, and the King are captivating.

Don't see it if you are expecting a great score, script, singing, and dancing. It is enjoyable but not memorable.

Also The sound is quite loud at times during the performance. Be prepared f... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see the puppet; kudos to the puppeteers-marvelous job. The sets stand out-Tony worthy. I liked the choreography/dancers.

Don't see it if you expect a compelling story/score. The score is not memorable though Ms. Pitti sings wonderfully. The puppeteers are visible thru-out.

Also The 8 year old boy sitting in front of me was spellbound with Kong and... Read more Read less

69
Bad songs. bad dances. bad script. great ape!

See it if you want to be truly amazed and awestruck by Kong himself; if great spectacle allows you to have fun and forgive everything else.

Don't see it if you can't enjoy the spectacle because you can't get past the music and script.

45
Terrible score, Cool puppet, Indulgent, Insipid, Ambitious

See it if To experience $35MM worth of IMAX motion effects & cool Kong puppet operated by a talented crew.

Don't see it if You are expecting a genuine Broadway musical with a quality story & score. You get a headache from loud noises.

Also In absolute terms, this was the worst show i’ve ever seen on Broadway.... Read more Read less

52
Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Clever

See it if spectacle is enough for you. (The puppet is riveting. The writing is not.)

Don't see it if you need great writing and not just cool visuals to have a good time.

75
Great dancing, Amazing tech!, Puppetry!!!!, Slow

See it if you are a techie who wants to see some of the most impressive puppetry and technical design ever put on stage.

Don't see it if you want your musical to have good songs. It should have been a play with a score. Whenever Kong is not on stage, it DRAAAAGS.

75
Great staging, Intense

See it if You're a fan of king kong. The set is amazing and the effects are great.

Don't see it if You want a stronger show with better characters.

80
Intense, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if You want to be dazzled by special effects that are absolutely masterful; It's a lot of fun

Don't see it if You want a really great book and score

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Thoroughly entertaining. I was in 1st role almost got stepped on by KK's Foot Amazing puppetry Just a fun day at the theater

Don't see it if you don't like the KK story or animatronics

80
Entertaining, Epic, Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see the latest and greatest in theatre arts. The tech in this show will blow your mind.

Don't see it if You are looking for the next Hamilton. It's King Kong after all.

Also I went in with low expectations after reading reviews here and I have ... Read more Read less

50
Overdone, Strange, Quirky, Great staging

See it if Overall a fun experience. Fun for the family and a lot to see. The puppetry is incredible.

Don't see it if If you are looking for something that is thought-provoking or new and innovative. Felt very derivative and dated.

Also I need to shout out to all the puppeteers of Kong. Honestly, they were... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Overrated, Intense, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a giant Ape.

Don't see it if You want a thought provoking theatre with a better score and script.

84
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Great dancing, Incredible tech

See it if good music, great performances, sexy dancers, well-staged, insanely impressive combo of puppetry & projection. Strong storytelling.

Don't see it if you want to hate watch. (You will probably end up actually liking it.) Genre blending music put some people off (pop vs. 30s at points).

40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Vacuous, Superficial, Gimmicky

See it if you have a strong desire to see the puppet. Possibly the worst major production I have ever seen in terms of story and creativity.

Don't see it if you expect to see a full, creative and well scripted show.

Also The acting/dancing talent was totally wasted on this show. Don't hold ... Read more Read less

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Fascinatingly thrilling

See it if Want to experience amazing puppetry and technology bring this character to life. Want to support such a hardworking cast. Are a fan of cast.

Don't see it if Are faint of heart. Want a very solid story. Have a fear of gorillas.

Also The book may need some work but the rest of the show is pretty good. T... Read more Read less

60
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if The only reason to see this is for the amazing puppetry of King Kong. Truly spectacular.

Don't see it if you care about seeing a good piece of musical theatre. This is about spectacle, nothing more. The music is horrendous.

70
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you love a Broadway spectacle. The staging & puppetry is amazing. Christiani Pitts is wonderful, but the show is slow & not well written.

Don't see it if you prefer good writing. It still has some great elements, but it's very much lacking in substance & execution.


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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