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King Kong musical postpones Broadway opening

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The Australian stage musical adaptation of King Kong, announced late last year for Broadway beginning in December 2014, has been delayed.

In a statement, King Kong’s producers cited “the time needed to implement creative changes” as the reason.

With an estimated budget of $30 million, Kong was expected to be one of the most expensive productions in Broadway history, on the heels of the $75 million Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Kong was to have followed Spider-Man into the Foxwoods Theatre, Broadway’s largest venue, now operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group. The show’s producer, Global Creatures, has not announced a new production timeline, and it is generally understood that the show’s technical requirements will dictate it play only in one of Broadway’s largest theatres.

Simultaneously with Kong’s postponement, a revival of On The Town was announced as the venue’s next tenant. Produced by Howard and Janet Kagan, it will be directed by John Rando, who previously staged a well-received production of the classic 1944 musical at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts last summer. Rando also directed the original Broadway production of Urinetown, among his other credits. On The Town will begin performances in October, two months earlier than King Kong’s anticipated start date. On The Town was last revived on Broadway in 1998, where it ran for 32 previews and 69 regular performances.

Amid this news, ATG announced a name change for the Foxwoods Theatre, to the Lyric Theatre. Since its rehabilitation and reopening in 1998, the theatre has also been named for Ford and Hilton under marketing agreements. The new name change was foretold months ago, when an inlaid stone map in Times Square of all Broadway theatres utilized Lyric instead of Foxwoods.

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