A new stage production of King Kong will be opening at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne on May 28th. The star of the show is going to be manifest as an 24-foot tall animatronic.
You’ll get a good look at Kong’s acting at the tail end of this commercial for the show.
As for the full-body experience, you can see a prototype Kong at work in this video.
Dread Central also posted this video showing some behind-the-scenes work on the character and some maquettes of his full design.
There are plenty more making-of clips too, the best of which you can see at the foot of this post.
Now, this new show is a musical and will reportedly feature well-known contemporary songs as well as 1930s tunes. I can understand the latter, but why the former? Indeed, there’s no reason for King Kong to be a musical at all…
…but similarly, no reason for it not to be. I’m hoping that director Daniel Kramer, writer Craig Lucas and music co-ordinator Marius de Vries can pull this off.
There have already been discussions about bringing the show to Broadway in 2014, say Arts Beat. It appears to be a question of finding a suitably large venue that will be empty. The Foxwoods theatre would be a contender, but that’s where Spider-Man is in residence – and still drawing in fairly crowds, I believe. So much so that’s he not likely to be evicted at least.