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'King Kong' is a Sight to Behold at the Broadway Theatre

'King Kong' is a Sight to Behold at the Broadway Theatre

Everyone’s heard of the legend of King Kong. The Broadway Theatre is now giving you the chance to see it unfold before your very own eyes. Make no mistake about it, King Kong gives the people exactly what they paid to see—a truly jaw-dropping spectacle.

When tourists visit New York City to see a Broadway musical, they shell out good money to see something that they would never have the opportunity to witness in the backyard of their hometowns. Enter King Kong, a larger-than-life, anthropomorphic ape whose incredible verisimilitude is what makes the musical such a smashing success. King Kong provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the majestical Kong in all of his enormous, yet tragic, glory. Broadway.com reports that the Tony Awards are set to present Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company with an award for their impressive puppetry work on the production.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus and Matthew Murphy

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus and Matthew Murphy

Music & Mojitos was in the house on Friday, April 24 to catch a run of the show. The title role of Ann Darrow—usually played by Christiani Pitts—was played by Kayla Davion. Davion is most notable for formerly being a part of the ensemble in the hit show, Waitress. Being the understudy, Davion stepped up to the plate and delivered an incredible performance as a leading lady.

Playing the part of a struggling actress looking for her one lucky break in bleak, depression-era New York City, the audience felt Davion’s intimate connection she created with Kong as the musical unfolded. Eric William Morris plays Carl Denham, a man who will stop at nothing to earn a dollar—even if it means holding our unknowing hero captive to put him on display for the rest of the world. If you read too deeply into the message that is being sent, you might get uncomfortable. The moments that Davion shared with the oversized ape after Morris’ on stage heist were sentimental, believable, and ultimately heartbreaking.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus and Matthew Murphy

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus and Matthew Murphy

The real MVPs of the show are, without a doubt, Kong Captain Jacob Williams and his talented team that bring Kong to life at the theatre. When Kong first enters the stage, the audience became completely unglued. Designed by Tilders, the way Kong is effortlessly maneuvered throughout the course of the show is one of the most impressive feats to ever happen on “the great white way.” When Kong stomps, clomps, and tramples his way through the blazing streets of New York City, you can’t help but gasp even when you think you’ve seen it all. It’s truly a sight that will force the rest of Broadway to evolve with the times.

King Kong’s score is composed by Marius De Vries, while the songs are by Eddie Perfect. You aren’t getting the familiar music of The Temptations here. Instead, audiences will be treated to new tunes that capture old New York in a nutshell. “Dance My Way to the Light” will remind you why NYC is still the place to be, while “The Wonder” has all of the makings of a certified pop ballad. In between the opening and closing curtain, songs like “Full Moon Lullaby” and “Last of Our Kind” will make you go bananas.

If you want to treat yourself to a unique Broadway experience, you can purchase tickets to see King Kong HERE.

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