King Kong Cancels October 31 Broadway Matinee

Broadway News   King Kong Cancels October 31 Broadway Matinee
The canceled performance will provide additional rehearsal time to incorporate final adjustments ahead of the show's November 8 opening night on Broadway.
Christiani Pitts and King Kong Matthew Murphy

The new Broadway musical King Kong has canceled its October 31 2 PM matinee performance to allow for additional rehearsal time to incorporate final adjustments ahead of the production’s November 8 opening night at the Broadway Theatre.

Ticket holders for the matinee performance should contact their point of purchase for exchanges or refunds.

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“After years in development, we are now in the home stretch with King Kong on Broadway and we want to support Drew McOnie and our creative team to fully realise their vision for the show,” lead producers Carmen Pavlovic and Roy Furman said in a statement. “We are thrilled with the way the show is shaping up and delighted by the response and guidance we are getting from preview audiences. We know that the additional rehearsal time will allow some last minute tweaks to ready the production for opening night. Because of the scale of the production we couldn’t have an out of town try-out before coming to Broadway. We scheduled a reduced performance schedule during previews so we could keep working on the show while it played in the Broadway Theatre. We apologize to patrons who are impacted by the schedule change. Kong is in great shape mechanically and the cast is ready! Giving these hours of additional time to Drew McOnie and the company will not impact the press performance schedule or the official Opening Night on November 8.”

The cast is led by Christiani Pitts (A Bronx Tale) as Ann Darrow, Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham, and Erik Lochtefeld (Misery, Metamorphoses) as Lumpy.

King Kong follows young actor Ann Darrow (Pitts) and filmmaker Carl Denham (Morris) as they voyage from 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture a great, mysterious wonder.

The Broadway creative team boasts Tony- and Olivier Award-winning book writer Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Let the Right One In), Olivier Award-winning director-choreographer Drew McOnie (Strictly Ballroom), and Australian songwriter Eddie Perfect, who is also adapting Beetlejuice for Broadway. Perfect joins the show’s original composer and arranger Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet).

The production team also includes set and projection designer Peter England, costume designer Roger Kirk, lighting designer Peter Mumford, sound designer Peter Hylenski, aerial and movement director Gavin Robins, and hair designer Tom Watson. David Caddick is music supervisor with casting by Tara Rubin Casting. Johanna McKeon is associate director, and the associate choreographer is Ellenore Scott.

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