Global Creatures Sets Melbourne Premiere for 'King Kong Live'
SYDNEY – Global Creatures’ new stage musical version of King Kong, will have its world premiere in Melbourne in 2013, Victorian events minister Louise Asher announced Wednesday.
Global Creatures has created a live arena show, Walking With Dinosaurs, and is working with Dreamworks on the upcoming live version of How to Train Your Dragon and Baz Luhrmann on a new stage version of Strictly Ballroom. Global Creatures is co-producing King Kong in co-operation with the estate of Kong creator Merian C. Cooper.
“This show continues the innovative direction of Global Creatures in creating world class productions in Australia and then taking them to the world. In this regard, King Kong is in a class all of its own in terms of scale, vision, ambition and technical advancement, and we can't wait to see it come to life in Melbourne's Regent Theatre,” producer Carmen Pavlovic said.
However King Kong will be a more intimate show than GC’s live arena spectaculars as its designed for a traditional proscenium theaters. Global is currently working on taking the show to Broadway also in 2013.
Directed by Daniel Kramer, and written by Craig Lucas, King Kong’s musical score, with several new songs, will be written by Marius de Vries. The creative team also includes production designer Peter England, creature designer Sonny Tilders, choreographer John O’Connell, costume designer Roger Kirk, lighting designer Peter Mumford, aerial/circus director Gavin Robins and projection by Frieder Weiss.
King Kong is currently auditioning for a cast of more than 40 onstage actors, singers, dancers and puppeteers and will feature projection, animatronics, puppetry and circus arts.