Broadway's monstrous debut

The King Kong marionette is 6m tall and weighs more than 900kg. The animatronic ape requires 14 performers and 16 micro-processors to operate.
The King Kong marionette is 6m tall and weighs more than 900kg. The animatronic ape requires 14 performers and 16 micro-processors to operate.PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK • He is 6m tall and weighs more than 900kg. He is monstrous, but, his creators hope, also moving. And he is coming to Broadway this autumn.

King Kong arrives next month as the title character and the one constant, in a US$35-million (S$48-million) musical which has been in development for nearly a decade, churning through scripts, songs and creative teams as the producers try to shape a show worthy of their title character.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Broadway's monstrous debut'. Print Edition | Subscribe