Drew McOnie to direct King Kong on Broadway next year

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Picture: Manuel Harlan

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie will direct the much-anticipated King Kong musical when it bursts onto Broadway in the autumn of 2018.

With a score by accomplished music director and film composer Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and songs by singer/songwriter Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Beetlejuice), the show now has a book by playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). The production is due to move into New York’s Broadway Theatre in September 2018 following Miss Saigon’s limited run at the venue.

The production, which will reunite McOnie with international producers Global Creatures, the co-producers of the hit West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Strictly Ballroom, is a re-working of the show which debuted in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.

Broadway’s King Kong will feature innovative creature designer Sonny Tilders’ showstopping and award-winning original six metre gorilla designs.

In a statement posted on the company’s website, Global Creatures CEO Carmen Pavlovic said: “I’m thrilled that King Kong will be coming to Broadway next season, led by Drew McOnie and Jack Thorne who will bring a new dimension to the telling of Kong’s story. Drew’s physical world will allow Kong to live in ways we never thought possible, propelled by Jack’s text and the score and songs written by Marius de Vries and Eddie Perfect.”

The show’s multi award-winning producer Roy Furman added: “King Kong is a quintessential New York story and I’m proud to be involved in this historic production. Our team is creating a theatrical experience that we hope will astound audiences, while delighting them with its heartfelt storytelling.”

Based on the original 1933 RKO film which was directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, Broadway’s King Kong will feature a creative team that includes set designer Peter England, costume designer Roger Kirk, lighting designer Peter Mumford, sound designer Peter Hylenski and aerial and King Kong movement director Gavin Robins.

Casting and further creative details will be announced at a later date.

Angela Thomas

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