'King Kong' Musical Sets Broadway Closing Date

The show, which officially opened in November and was recognized with a Special Tony Award for creature design, will have played 324 performances and 29 previews by the time it closes on Aug. 18.

Following a commercially disappointing run at the Broadway Theatre, the musical King Kong, an adaptation of the 1932 novel by Delos W. Lovelace, will play its final show Aug. 18. 

Produced by Carmen Pavlovic and Roy Furman with a book by Jack Thorne, score from Marius de Vries and songs by Eddie Perfect, King Kong is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. The cast of the $36.5 million dollar musical is led by Christiani Pitts, Eric William Morris and Erik Lochtefeld.

The show, which officially opened in November, will have played 324 performances and 29 previews by the time it closes. It was recognized with a Special Tony Award for the creature design of Australian company Global Creatures, and received wide acclaim for its puppetry, projection design and outstanding ensemble.

Reviews for the musical overall were more brutal, however, and despite grossing north of $1 million a week several times late last year, box office has been slipping in recent months, earning just 53 percent of its gross potential for the week ending June 23. Cumulative box office to date stands at $30.8 million.

While King Kong will be viewed as a financial under-achiever, expectations are high for the upcoming production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which is next on the agenda for lead producer Pavlovic and Global Creatures. It comes into town buoyed by stellar word of mouth from its Boston tryout last summer and is set to begin previews Friday at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre ahead of a July 25 official opening.

King Kong is slated to begin performances in Shanghai in 2021, while a North American tour and additional productions in Japan and Spain are at the developmental stage according to producers.