Christiani Pitts as “Ann Darrow” and King Kong. (Joan Marcus)

King Kong

(Previews began Oct. 5, 2018, opened Nov. 8, 2018, closes Aug. 18, 2019)

(2 hrs 15 mins)

Beauty tames the beast when a maverick filmmaker, a young actress and the legendary 20-foot-tall, 2,000-pound gorilla come home to New York in the new musical, based on the 1932 novel by Merian C. Cooper.

Schedule: Tu & Th 7 pm, W, F-Sa 8 pm, W & Sa 2 pm, Su 3 pm

Tickets: $69-$175

EDITOR’S OPINION: The bigger they are, the harder they fall. And “King Kong,” the new Broadway musical, falls hard. In spite of (or because of?) its whopping $35 million budget, the show boasts a leaden book, cardboard characters that elicit neither sympathy nor empathy, tuneless songs, earsplitting orchestrations and flat-footed choreography. Kong, the puppet/animatronic standing 20 feet tall and weighing 2,000 pounds, at least has his charms; but they, too, wear thin by the time he falls from the Empire State Building. Technically and visually, the show is a special-effects marvel. But boredom, not beauty, kills this beast.—Francis Lewis


Broadway Theatre
New York, NY 10019
United States


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