If you're looking for the next big thing, this is literally it.
Sci-fi and comic-book geeks might be feeling dismissive of Broadway musicals after the debacle that was Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Under almost any other circumstance, I wouldn't blame them. The cast being injured, the insane rewrites, the scads of money lost ... U2. That's enough to make even the most die-hard Broadway fan swear off arena shows with a genre protagonist for a while.
But I'm telling you -- resist that urge! Because King Kong is coming to Broadway, and it just may be the coolest show we've seen in years.
The show's been playing out in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre with wild success. The enormous Kong puppet requires 13 live operators to make him move. But it's well worth that work, because the result is absolutely breathtaking. But why tell you, when you can get a glimpse for yourself?
From the moment I heard about this show, I hoped it would make it out to Broadway. Not only is it, but it'll be in NYC much sooner than anyone was anticipating. The show will arrive in December of this year. If you're not aware of the time, work and money involved in putting up a Broadway show, especially one with such a crazy set piece, that's pretty darn fast.
If you're interested, the show highlights 1930s Broadway tunes like “Get Happy,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime." But it also features new stuff from more contemporary artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Robert Del Naja, Justice, Guy Garvey and the Avalanches, Michael Mitnick and Stephen Pavlovic. That's admittedly a lot of cooks in the proverbial kitchen, but what we've heard so far, we already love.
And the show will be getting revamped for Broadway. Gerry Ryan, one of the show's producers, says, “We’re having to tweak it a little bit, a little bit more music, and polish up the script. We did get a script doctor, try and tighten the show up, for the audience to follow the story a little bit easier."
Broadway's a fickle mistress, so we hope the edits work. It would be pretty amazing to have King Kong living in NYC for a little while.