Press Event for New Musical King Kong, Including Announcement of Lead Cast, Will Be Streamed Online

By Andrew Gans
05 Oct 2012

A press event for the new stage musical King Kong, which will launch in Melbourne, Australia, will be streamed live Oct. 6 at 10 PM ET.



The launch will include:
Announcement of contemporary artists contributing to the score
Announcement of the lead cast
Performances of original songs from the show
Reveal of set models and costume designs
Insights from the award-winning international creative team

Those interested in watching the press conference can do so by clicking here.

"One of the world’s great modern myths about an enormous creature and his battle for survival in New York City," King Kong, according to press notes, "has gone back to the source – the novella of the original film by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace – in this world-first adaptation as a large-scale musical."

Global Creatures produces.

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In August, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwrtier Sarah McLachlan announced via Facebook that she was among the musicians contributing music to King Kong, which promises revamped Depression-era songs and new material.

The musical has a book by Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza, Marry Me a Little, Prelude to a Kiss) and features a score by Marius de Vries (Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"), who has also arranged the period songs.

Previously announced creative team members include Helpmann Award winner Peter England (production design), Sonny Tilders (creature design), John O'Connell (choreography), Tony Award winner Roger Kirk (costume design), Olivier Award winner Peter Mumford (lighting design), Gavin Robins (aerial/circus direction) and Frieder Weiss (projection design).

The musical has been authorized by the estate of "King Kong" film co-director Merian C. Cooper.

Carmen Pavlovic, chief executive of Global Creatures, said in an earlier statement, "At its heart, King Kong is a love story which is why we have chosen the more intimate space of a proscenium theatre to tell this epic tale. We want to immerse the audience in the emotional journey of the book and music as much as the spectacle of our pioneering animatronics and puppetry.

"Cooper's intent was simple — to create a great story about an encounter between a beauty and a beast. However in reviving this story our theatrical challenge is to find something new to say. Kong is about love but it is also about many other things - a fall from grace, community; sacrifice and the consequences of degrading a culture and its environment. These themes are startlingly relevant today and some of what we hope to explore in our re-telling."