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'King Kong' Musical Premieres This Summer

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The creators of the first-ever musical adaptation of King Kong promise “the most ambitious theatrical event of the decade,” with a multi-million dollar production blending new technology and ancient puppetry to bring the massive Kong to life onstage.
 
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Five years in the making, the Australia-based show is directed by Daniel Kramer, with an international cast featuring over 40 actors, singers, dancers and circus performers, as well as a one-ton, six-meter-tall Kong designed by Sonny Tilders, whose company Global Creatures created the mind-blowing live arena events “Walking With Dinosaurs” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”
 
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Unlike effects guru Carlo Rambaldi's famously failed attempt at creating a life-sized Kong for the 1976 film version, Tilders' new creation taps into his own background in bringing dinosaurs and dragons to life in real-time. “It was going to be the most complex creature we ever made,” he said of the half-robot, half-marionette Kong design, which will also be manipulated by visible operators under the guidance of puppetry director Peter Wilson, who was inspired by the ancient “Bunraku” style of Japanese puppetry.
 
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“Much of the magic of puppetry is in seeing the puppeteer,” says the director, “the double vision of both the creature’s life and the human beings creating that illusion; the audience’s imagination participates in this process, thereby projecting their own emotions onto the creature. So when a creature is injured or wronged, a part of the audience, our psyche, is wronged.”
 
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King Kong opens in June at Melbourne's Regent Theatre, with preview shows slated for May. You can see lots more images, videos and updates – as well as ticket info – at the show's official site.
 

 

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