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KING KONG LIVE ON STAGE is definitely the must see musical event of the year that will leave you with a memory that will be with you for a lifetime!
Title: King Kong Live On
Stage Where: Regent Theatre When: 15 June - 28 July Review Date: June 2013
"... the must see musical event of the year"
KING KONG LIVE ON STAGE
The Eighth Wonder of the World
KING KONG LIVE ON STAGE is one of the most
ambitious productions to be seen in Australia that boasts a cast of over
40 and an amazing 6 metre and 1.1 tonne animated King Kong that is
controlled by a team of 10 men called the King's Men. Add in over 500 costumes, extravagant
special effects and a 27 metre wide and 8.4 metre LED screen and King Kong has
finally been unleashed on the streets of Melbourne. This outstanding stage
production which took five years to make, features a stellar cast that successfully manages to draw you in from the very first
seconds when it begins.
The story of KING KONG is based on the 1933
film of the same name which was created by U.S. filmmaker Merian C.
Cooper. With key elements taken from the original film, the audience is taken on the
rollercoaster journey of Ann Darrow (Esther Hannaford), a young
woman who finds herself destitute on the streets of New York in the
1930's. Desperate and penniless, she is caught stealing an apple from a
stall holder on the streets but is rescued by director and filmmaker
Carl Denham (Adam Lyon) who believes that Ann will become the next big
Together they travel to Skull Island where they are joined by the crew
of the Venture that includes the jovial and penny hungry Captain
Englehorn (Richard Piper) and the heroic first mate Jack Driscoll.
Unfortunately the adventure of a lifetime for Ann shatters early in the
story as she kidnapped by the local tribe and sacrificed to their god, Kong.
However unlike the other sacrifices to Kong, a special bond is formed
between the two but this is broken by Carl who subdues the monstrous ape
and returns him to New York City in order to exploit this beast and make
a quick buck or two.
Welcome to King Kong, a stage production that is
like no other...
only is the stage production a little naughty with an almost
Madonna/Burlesque song and act called Special FX that sees Ann unleash
her inner actress but it successfully manages a moment that will stay
with you for a lifetime when you first witness King Kong. It's almost like
you are part of the story, especially when King Kong is first shown to
the people of the New York City. You could almost imagine that you are
part of the audience in 1930's New York as Carl Denham is about to
unleash his spectacular show called King Kong.
cast and creators of King Kong Live on Stage should also be commended on
the emotions it manages to stir inside you as you are taken on this
emotional journey. Whether it's the laughs from Carl and Ann or the
nervous tension relayed by Cassandra (Queenie Van De Zandt) the fortune
teller, the relationship between Ann and King Kong is so realistic that
you'll be pressed not to shed a tear at the end of the performance.
Apart from lavish costumes and sets, the
story is progressed masterfully through the giant LED screen that makes
this stage production a true interactive experience thanks to the
special effects. Then you have the wonderful music of King Kong that not
only includes original songs created for the production but some great
modernised versions of classics such as I wanna be Loved by You
or Get Happy. Who would have thought that you could create a
musical from King Kong but amazingly it comes together perfectly.
Hunting Season - Carl Denham
Sweethearts on Parade - Busker Quartet
Brother Can You Spare A Dime - Gentlemen of the Company
What's It Gonna Take - Ann Darrow
I Wanna Be Loved By You - The Company
Colossus - Carl Denham
Special FX - Anna Darrow & Ladies of the Company
Perfect - Jack Driscall
Ritual - High Priestess of the Company
Face of Forever - Jack Driscall
Full Moon Lullaby - Ann Darrow
What's It Gonna Take - Ann Darrow
The Greatest Show On Earth - Carl Denham, Cassandra and the Company
Dance With Me - Jack Driscal
A Simple Prayer - Ann Darrow
Kill 4 The Thrill - Carl Denham and the Company
Get Happy - Ladies of the Company
Rise - Cassandra and the Company
Full Moon Lullaby (reprise) - Ann Darrow
Amen, Opus 35
However the two stars of King Kong are
Esther Hannaford as Ann Darrow whose voice and performance really
highlight the experience of this production and of course, King Kong
himself. Seeing King Kong on stage is an amazing experience as this
realistic and mechanical beast towers over the human cast and thanks
to the 10 King's Men who operate him, they successfully manage to interact
Kong with not only the cast but also the stage plus the audience.
KING KONG LIVE ON STAGE is
definitely the must see musical event of the year that will leave you with a
memory that will be with you for a lifetime. From a talented cast and
crew to some very enjoyable musical numbers, King Kong Live On Stage
grabs you immediately from the start and takes you on a journey that will
make you laugh, cry and gasp in awe from wonder and terror. Best of all,
Australia is the first country in the world to experience King Kong
Live On Stage and we
suggest that you make the time and effort to see this amazing masterpiece.