Fortunately, I grabbed a discounted ticket for the previews of King Kong. As soon I learned there would be a 20 foot tall 2,000lbs gorilla operated by 10 people, I was in. I’ve never seen the movie or any of its spinoffs. I truly knew nothing about the show. Greeted by three gorgeous chandeliers upon entrance, my jaw dropped. The theater is stunning and creates the perfect pre-show atmosphere.
I content that there is no bad seat in the theater. I sat in the rear mezzanine, and at one point, I thought King Kong was going to jump and land on me. From my seat, the King’s Company blended into the background. I often forgot they were there so it appeared that Kong moved independently. Each area provided a fully different experience, certain scenes targeted the orchestra seats while others were geared toward the mezzanine. I’d like to see it again in the lower level for a fully new experience.
I’m constantly amazed by the spectrum of Broadway shows. This was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The animated backdrop created a truly immersive experience. King Kong is a true achievement in theater. His voice, movement, and design were truly extraordinary. Further, the animated backdrop transported the audience through the streets of New York to a boat headed to Skull Island. There was a moment where truly I forgot I was seated in the theater and believed I was on a ship headed on an adventure.
King Kong was a unique theatrical experience. Would you see it?
Banner Image Photo: Joan Marcus