But for the brilliance of the giant sized puppetry of King Kong and the often surreal lighting effects, this production would probably rate as a fairly also ran show. The story line isn't strong, the tempo is odd (bold songs or dance routines followed by at times inordinately long silent gaps, almost as if the cast are wondering what to do next) and the music comes across as a bit of a miss-mash of styles (the listing of a large number of music collaborators in the program perhaps offers an explanation).
The clear draw card for the show is the beast, Kong. The anatomy, body movements, facial expressions and vocal violence are well beyond anything I have experienced in a theatre production. The design and puppetry -Kong's movements are the real time collaborative efforts of 10 people on stage and 3 off - are a triumph.
This is complemented by some amazing lighting effects. The stage is backdropped by a floor to ceiling LED screen that affords the audience quite stunning visuals (although for some key parts of the show this was by way of geometric projections that were somewhat at odds with the 1920's setting for the story). And the lighting of the scenes of the natives worshipping on Skull Island are amazingly surreal.
I walked away from King Kong with a similar reaction to my first viewing of the movie Avatar - you know that for a whole bunch of reasons it isn't a perfect production but the splendid visuals have taken you to a whole new world.
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