Way down under, a group of ambitious producers are taking on a massive undertaking - bring King Kong to life, live on stage! The devoted craftsmen at the Australian company Global Creatures are hoping to bring a production of the classic Hollywood tale to a theater in New York sometime in early 2013!
Officials from the company, who are the masterminds behind the hit arena show Walking With Dinosaurs, are near completion with their 23-foot mechanical Kong, after just finished a six-week workshop to test it. Now, what remains is to polish the script and score, cast the actors and find a theater in New York that is willing to house the the ape. It's a lot to get done, but CEO Carmen Pavlovic believes that this spectacle will be a huge hit for audiences and there is no place in the world they would rather see their creation come to life than on the Great White Way. She explains:
"Ultimately, whether there's an out-of-town tryout somewhere or not, I just feel New York is the home for this story to be told. It's Broadway bound - there's no doubt about that in my mind…If we put Kong in that very contained environment of a proscenium, we've got to make sure that in swiping his arms he doesn't inadvertently knock over a cast member in the process. We had a lot to resolve before we did that."
The model work is extremely impressive and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Also, rest assured, even though it's being pegged a musical, the giant ape won't be busting out any tunes! That part is saved for the actors.
If they could impress people with the music as much as the technology, we see a HUGE hit for the company. We'd sure go see it just for the big guy!
How about U?