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“King Krap” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre
191 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
03-9299 9500
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Ranked #72 of 308 Activities in Melbourne
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
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Owner description: The landmark Regent Theatre holds a key part in our city’s history since opening as a grand picture palace in 1929. Having survived a fire, a flood, 20 years in darkness and many threats of demolition, the venue reopened in August 1996, meticulously refurbished and returned to its breathtaking former glory.Today it stands more lavish and grand than ever and continues to host some of the world’s most renowned theatre productions.
Melbourne
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“King Krap”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I spent a small fortune taking a group of students to see this piece of filth they have dared to call theatre. The music is awful with not one memorable tune throughout the whole show (Except for maybe Full Moon Lullaby), there is hardly any dialogue and what little there is is so thin that it adds nothing to the show. If the story is moved forward through songs it is impossible to say as one could not undersand three quarters of what was said - instead I had to rely on my pre-existing knowledge of King Kong to understand what was happening.
The lighting is amazing as is Kong and his team, but how much of a show can people really expect this fake gorilla to carry on his back? Kong got my vote for best actor on stage as he seemed to have the most expression on his face and the most emotional line of the show, "Raaaaaaaawr HUFF arooga!".
A very poor, typically modern attempt at making a musical with no thought into what actually makes a classic musical 'classic'.

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“King Kong”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

An amazing production, technically brilliant. The Regent Theatre is an attraction in itself though; the decor is simply stunning and definitely worth a visit. Going to see King Kong is definitely a 2-for-1 experience!

Visited June 2013
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“King Kong”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Puppetry was excellent but the soud level was too high which made understanding words in songs difficult.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“It's fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

A great show in Melbourne's best theatre. This is just like seeing the best of Broadway here in Melbourne. Special effects are amazing. The actors/performers are brilliant.

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“The majesty of Kong”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

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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