We recently went to see King Kong on Broadway for a birthday we were celebrating. What an experience! The things they can do now in a live performance have come so far from what I remember years ago.
The actors and actresses were very entertaining. The absolute star was, of course, the titled guy, King Kong. And, his handlers were also very talented.
King Kong is a puppet. Who knew that the job of puppeteer still existed. But, how exciting is it that it does? This puppet was the size of a 2 story house. I later read that it weighed more than 2,000 pounds.
It’s remarkable that actors on stage worked together to move the puppet around the stage using ropes and sticks. The timing to get Kong where he was supposed to be was truly amazing. At times, I found myself trying to watch the puppet operators to try and figure it all out.
The storyline follows the traditional King Kong novel/film of 1932/1933 where after filming a movie on Skull Island, curious King Kong takes the actress Ann into the jungle. They develop an understanding. When Ann is found, King Kong is captured and brought to New York City to be exhibited as the 8th wonder of the world. King Kong escapes and climbs the Empire State Building with the Ann. Ultimately, King Kong is killed by plane fire while trying to protect Ann.
King Kong is currently playing at the Broadway Theatre in NYC. It’s a really great family day out. The theater was packed with kids, moms, dads, and grandparents. We sat in the middle of the theater but there didn’t seem to be any bad seats at all. The sound and puppet are astounding. We highly recommend seeing King Kong on Broadway.