Over 2,000 students from NYC public schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan will get a behind-the-scenes look at King Kong on Broadway March 28. The Creating the Magic program, presented by arts education nonprofit Inside Broadway, will show students the inner world of professional theatre on Broadway and the variety of non-performance career opportunities that exist in the theatre industry.
Based on the classic 1933 film, King Kong brings the epic modern myth of the 20-foot-tall, 2,000 pound ape to life using animatronics, puppetry, music, and stagecraft. Students participating attending one of the two programs will get to experience set, lighting, sound, and prop demonstrations, musical performances from the cast, and a question-and-answer session.
Executive Director Michael Presser established Inside Broadway in 1982 in cooperation with The Shubert Organization. Now, the nonprofit reaches more than 70,000 NYC students in over 100 public schools annually. Programs include a yearly production that tours to schools and a wide range of programs offering students the chance to interact with theatrical professionals in the field and classroom.
King Kong premiered on Broadway November 8, 2018, in a production directed and choreographed by Olivier winner Drew McOnie. The musical features an original score by Marius de Vries (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice) and a book by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). The musical continues its run at the Broadway Theatre with Christiani Pitts starring as Ann Darrow.