How King Kong’s Writers Have Reimagined Ann Darrow for a New Audience

Video   How King Kong’s Writers Have Reimagined Ann Darrow for a New Audience
Christiani Pitts stars as a woman in control of her own destiny in this contemporary take on a modern legend.

When the stage musical adaptation of King Kong arrives on Broadway this fall, it will introduce a fresh perspective on the character of Ann Darrow—a woman who for years has been depicted as Kong’s captive victim.

In this exclusive video, actor Christiani Pitts, who will star as Darrow, shares how the character’s journey will resonate with modern audiences and reflect issues relevant to women today. Joining Pitts in the video are book writer Jack Thorne, director Drew McOnie, and producer Carmen Pavlovic.

King Kong will open at the Broadway Theatre November 8 following previews that begin October 5. Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (In the Heights), with a book written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land and Moulin Rouge!) and songs by Eddie Perfect (the upcoming Beetlejuice), the musical will also star Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham.

Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production follows young actor Ann Darrow and maverick filmmaker Carl Denham as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the world’s greatest wonder.

At the center of this 21st-century reimagining: a 20-foot high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of integrated artists, technicians, and puppeteers.


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