The CEO of Global Creatures, Carmen Pavlovic expressed gratitude to Australian audiences and theater goers alike for the incredible experience.
“We have been humbled by the way audiences have embraced King Kong and the success of the global premiere season is testament to Australia’s ability to create locally and to play globally. Like the Dinosaurs and Dragons before him, Kong is set to take on the world and we look forward to being able to confirm our northern hemisphere season in the near future. However our immediate focus is on making sure every performance in the final 13 weeks of our Australian season continues to leave people amazed.”
Bill Harris, the executive producer for King Kong on Stage also took the chance to thank audiences, cast and crew alike for the incredible chance to work on such a production.
“It’s been immensely gratifying to welcome people to King Kong that may not normally buy a ticket to a theatre show. I think you only need to look at the incredible composer line up involved with King Kong including 3D from Massive Attack, The Avalanches, Sarah McLachlan and Justice, to understand why the show appeals to a music-loving audience. Then you have a younger audience accustomed to high-end visual and sound design used in pop concerts attracted to King Kong’s spectacular production values. Of course we’re incredibly grateful to our core music theatre-loving audience who appreciate how special it is to have a locally made production that will end up on Broadway.”
Puppeteer Lincoln Barros spoke to the press regarding his experience as one of the man men who control Kong’s movements.
“Nothing can prepare you for the first time Kong appears on stage. I never get tired of seeing the mix of awe and wonder in the audiences’ face at that moment. They are truly transported into Kong’s world and it’s that kind of magic which makes it such a privilege to be part of this global premiere production.”
King Kong on Stage is a musical that features a book by Craig Lucas who also contributed lyrics for the production. Composer and arranger Marius de Vries, created a score that features revamped versions of 1930s Broadway classics like “Get Happy,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime”. He then worked to create new and existing songs from contemporary artists. Some of these artists include Robert Del Naja, Sarah McLachlan, Justice, Guy Garvey and The Avalanches. Stephen Pavlovic from Modular People has also worked as a musical collaborator with Michael Mitnick contributing lyrics to several new compositions. While countless remarks have been made, the story of King Kong follows the story line of the original film by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace.
King Kong on Stage might have ended it’s run in Australia but that does not mean the life of this production is over! We are expecting to see King Kong appear in several new nations soon and even on Broadway! We will keep an eye out for this and be sure to keep you updated as to where the world’s largest puppet is headed next! For more information, visit King Kong on Stage’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!