Erik Lochtefeld, seen on Broadway in Misery and Metamorphoses, will play Lumpy in Broadway's King Kong, which will open at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) November 8 following previews that begin October 5.
The King Kong ensemble will include Ashley Andrews (Broadway debut), Mike Baerga (Miss Saigon), Rhaamel Burke-Missouri (Broadway debut, Cinderella national tour), Chloe Campbell (Tuck Everlasting), Leroy Church (Broadway debut, The Lion King national tour), Peter Chursin (On The Town, West Side Story), Jovan Dansberry (Broadway debut), Bradley Dean (Dear Evan Hansen, Doctor Zhivago), Casey Garvin (Miss Saigon, Disaster!), Christopher Grant (Broadway debut), Lauren Yalango Grant (Broadway debut), Khadija Griffith (Broadway debut) Jon Hoche (Broadway debut, War Horse national tour), Gabriel Hyman (Broadway debut), Curt James (Angels In America), James T. Lane (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line), Marty Lawson (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Jonathan MacMillan (War Horse), Danny Miller (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Brittany Marcell Monachino (Broadway debut), Jennifer Noble (Ghost The Musical), Kristen Oei (M. Butterfly, The King and I), Eliza Ohman (Hamilton), Roberto Olvera (Broadway debut), Kayla Davion Robertson (Waitress), Jaquez André Sims (Motown The Musical), Akron Watson (The Play That Goes Wrong), Jacob Williams (Broadway debut), Warren Yang (Miss Saigon), and David Yijae (Broadway debut).
Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land and Moulin Rouge) and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), King Kong is directed by Drew McOnie (Strictly Ballroom The Musical).
Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production of King Kong follows a young actor, Ann Darrow, and a 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 and technicians.
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.
Additional casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.