Global Creatures backing new stage version
In a few years the 800-pound gorilla on Broadway may actually be a gorilla.Global Creatures, the Aussie company behind arena tour “Walking With Dinosaurs,” has begun work on its first Main Stem outing, “King Kong — Live on Stage.” Creative team is led by Daniel Kramer, the legit and opera helmer whose “Woyzeck” played Arts at St. Ann’s in 2006. Craig Lucas, whose credits include “Prelude to a Kiss” and the book for “The Light in the Piazza,” pens the adaptation. Score of the 40–performer production will comprise songs from the storyline’s 1930s period arranged by composer, arranger and music producer Marius De Vries (“Kick-Ass,” “Sucker Punch”), who also provides original music. Although Global Creatures topper Carmen Pavlovic characterized the show as a tuner, she added that the 20-foot-tall, animatronic incarnation of the title character won’t be breaking out into song. Developing project recently completed a six-week workshop in Melbourne. A capitalization cost for the Broadway staging has not yet been nailed down, although it won’t be small. “What we do is expensive,” Pavlovic said. The “Dinosaurs” arena show, touring internationally, proved a major success for the Oz-based company, which brings its experience with that show’s 15 life-sized animatronic dinos to bear in “Kong.” “Dinosaur” creature designer Sonny Tilders (“The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”) fills the same role for “Kong.” Design team for the production also will include Peter England (sets), Roger Kirk (costumes), Peter Mumford (lights) and John O’Connell (choreography). “Kong” is authorized by the estate of Merian C. Cooper, the creator of the title and helmer of the 1933 film. A production timeline has not yet been laid out, but the show could arrive in Gotham as early as 2013. Also in the works from Global Creatures is an arena incarnation of “How to Train Your Dragon,” produced in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation.