THE SCREENING ROOM: Songs and Scenes from New York-Aimed King Kong Musical

By Playbill Staff
May 29, 2013

The world-premiere musical King Kong, which features a giant, six-meter-tall high-tech puppet as its star, premiered in Australia May 28. As audiences are getting their first look in Melbourne, producers have released new video from the production.



Daniel Kramer directs a cast led by Australian actors Esther Hannaford (Hairspray) as Ann Darrow, newcomer Adam Lyon as Carl Denham, Chris Ryan (Thyestes) as Jack Driscoll, veteran stage actor Richard Piper as Captain Engelhorn and musical theatre and cabaret star Queenie van de Zandt as Cassandra.

King Kong officially opens June 15. The production is aiming for a future New York bow; however, no official announcement has been made. Tickets are currently on sale through July 28. 

The new musical features a book by Craig Lucas (Marry Me A Little, The Light in the Piazza), who also contributed lyrics. Composer and arranger Marius de Vries, whose credits include the soundtracks for "Moulin Rouge" and "Romeo + Juliet," created and oversees 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" as well as new and existing songs from a mix of contemporary artists: Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack, Sarah McLachlan, Justice, Guy Garvey from Elbow and The Avalanches.

Click through for a look at scenes and songs from King Kong:

Kong revealed:

Sarah McLachlan performs "What's It Gonna Take?"

Actress Queenie van de Zandt sings the original composition "Rise."

Lead actress Esther Hannaford sings the original composition "Full Moon Lullaby."

Principal cast members Queenie van de Zandt and Richard Piper take audiences behind the scenes:

Production designer Peter England takes audiences behind the scenes:

Choreographer John O'Connell takes audiences behind the scenes:

Adam Lyon makes his professional debut as Carl Denham: