Nov 8, 2018
Have you been waiting for an Australian musical version of “King Kong” in which the story of the gorilla who loved and lost an actress is turned into a “42nd Street”-style backstage musical full of New Age uplift? Then wait no longer: The show of your wildest dreams has come to Broadway. The title character is played by a giant puppet designed by Sonny Tilders and manipulated by a team of 10 stalwart operators. Between them, they give us a creature so expressive that he seems to have wandered into the theater from another, vastly better musical. He (if that’s the right word) is the best thing about “King Kong,” closely followed by Christiani Pitts, who is charming as the chorus girl who delivers King Kong into the clutches of the bad guys, then thinks better of her misdeed and resolves to help him.